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Thailand Lifts State of Emergency in 3 Provinces


Thailand said Tuesday it is lifting a state of emergency in three northern provinces, but it will remain in force in others, including the capital, Bangkok.

The government extended the state of emergency for three months across much of the country on July 6, citing concerns that anti-government elements might instigate more unrest like the weeks of deadly protests that began in March.

The decree suspends some civil liberties, allows censorship and makes it easier to use the military to keep the peace.

Fighting between Thai security forces and anti-government Red Shirts killed 90 people and wounded about 1,900 others during the protesters' 10-week occupation of part of downtown Bangkok.

The military broke up the Red Shirts' encampment in a raid on May 19.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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