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Emergency Decree extended through June amidst accusations of political motivation

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin - NNB

As widely predicted, the Cabinet yesterday extended the Emergency Decree for a third month, to its limit at the end of June. Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, quickly explained that the decree was enforced because it enabled more than 40 laws to be tied together to allow for quick enforcement at the national level. He says this helps the government tackle the crisis more efficiently.

Last week, government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat hinted that the National Security Council wanted to extend the decree “because it would save lives”. She also dismissed as “illogical” claims that the state of emergency was being extended so PM Prayut Chan-ocha could tighten his hold on power.

But non-profit organisation iLaw says the government should use a less restrictive, less severe method to impose controls on businesses, travel and public health. For instance, it could enforce the Contagious Disease Control Act to stop people gathering outside their homes, and close high-risk venues, as the act is more flexible than the Emergency Decree.

The panel chaired by the National Security Council’s secretary-general is meeting today to discuss the third phase of easing lockdown measures, as well as whether the curfew hours should be cut a second time, from the current 11pm-4am to midnight-4am. The third phase of easing measures is thought to begin June 1.

The meeting’s resolution will be proposed to the CCSA on Friday and guidelines for businesses and activities under the third phase will probably be announced Saturday.

Meanwhile, police in Bangkok are denying using the Emergency decree as a political tool after the arrest of 2 activists on Friday, saying they were simply doing their job.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Brian Dunbar

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    I find this unbelievable!!! They are doing this to save lives. Really!! Since this pandemic started there have been 57 deaths…in a country with a population of 65 million. There has been only 1 death in the past month!!!! Let’s do a comparison here. How many road deaths have there been? Plenty more than 57 so if you want to stop deaths in the country, and I have said this before, take the motorcycles off the road. I don’t even know what this is about anymore!!!

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    Don Keebles

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    How do you propose to take all the motorcycles off the road? It’s how most of south east asia gets around.

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    Amy Sukwan

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    I am an American citizen with a Thailand citizen daughter (dual Thailand USA) and a Thai husband in Phuket. My husband keeps on asking me when I am coming back I am currently in Colorado with our daughter. I find the news out of Thailand frankly depressing. Who knows when I can come back? Months? Years? Once a maybe not safe rushed through trials vaccine is ready, which we’ll be required to get for entry? I’m willing to take the quarantine if I have to but being just US myself I don’t think its an option. All this over one death in a month. Meanwhile I’ve been sending money every week to my husband and his family all of them from his taxi driving brother to his sushi vending sister have been devastated economically. Nobody in power seems to care about that It seems to me in this upside down world only coronavirus lives matter…

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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