Thailand lifts emergency declaration

Thailand lifts emergency declaration

Thailand lifted a week-old emergency declaration intended to quash anti-government protests on Thursday, a day after demonstrators surrounded the country’s seat of government. 

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha made the announcement after vowing to “de-escalate” the stand-off between Thai authorities and protesters demanding his resignation and limits to the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. 

Mr Prayuth’s government had made a “severe” emergency declaration for Bangkok on October 15 after demonstrators taunted Queen Suthida and raised their movement’s three-finger salute as she passed in a royal limousine.

Three people have been charged with “Violence to the Queen’s Liberty” under one of Thailand’s statutes protecting the country’s powerful king and royal family from perceived insults.