Friday, January 26, 2007

Partial lifting of martial law in Thailand

BBC - Thailand partly lifts martial law
Martial law has been lifted in more than half of Thailand, two months after the move was authorised, a government spokesman said.

The move means Bangkok and 41 of Thailand's 76 provinces are no longer under the special restrictions imposed in the wake of September's coup.
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Martial law continues in northern and border provinces, including Chiang Mai.
The lifting of martial law would seem to be a step in the right direction, however:
While the military leadership has been under international pressure to lift martial law, in practice few Thais have felt the restrictions, correspondents say.
This gives the impression, and it is the impression I have gotten all along, that the coup was only viewed as a bad thing by a portion of the population, while the rest seemed largely unaffected. That doesn't give them a pass for what they have done, but it adds an element of complexity to the situation.

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