Thailand lifts emergency measures, protest leader freed


One of Thailand's protest leaders, Patsaravalee "Mind" Tanakitvibulpon reacts after she was freed on bail, in Bangkok Thailand October 22, 2020. - Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters): The Thai government on Thursday (Oct 22) ordered the removal of emergency measures imposed a week earlier to try to end months of protests against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the monarchy, a statement said.

The measures, which had prompted even bigger demonstrations, will be lifted from 12pm (0500 GMT).

"The current violent situation that led to the announcement of the severe situation has eased and ended to a situation in which government officials and state agencies can enforce the regular laws," the statement published in the official Royal Gazette said.

It was also learnt that one of Thailand's protest leaders, Patsaravalee "Mind" Tanakitvibulpon, was released on Thursday after being arrested a day earlier on charges related to emergency measures imposed last week to stop protests, she said.

Patsaravalee, 25, told reporters after being freed that the court had deemed the charges were not serious and that she still needed to attend classes and exams, so bail was granted without having to submit any guarantees.

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