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NSC extends Emergency Decree through September

Jack Burton



PHOTO: NSC secretary-general Somsak Rungsita - Nation Thailand

The National Security Council has officially approved the fourth extension of the national state of emergency, for another month, as a revision of the Communicable Diseases Act is yet to be completed, but the NSC confirmed it will not enforce the Emergency Decree on political rallies. NSC secretary-general Somsak Rungsita said today that the state of emergency will be effective until the end of September.

As to the student-led political rallies sweeping the nation, he said there is no problem if the protests nationwide are held in accordance with the law, confirming that the office will not enforce the decree on the rallies.

Regarding the new domestic Covid-19 case discovered at Bangkok’s Ramathibodi Hospital, he said the Public Health Ministry will explain the case.

“We will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss measures that have been eased, such as a full school reopening, public transportation and permission to enter sports stadiums. We will also thoroughly investigate the new Covid-19 case.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Another month of emergency decree, another month of holding on to the powers of a dictatorship.
    How many have died of the virus over the last month? None.
    How many have the virus? About 6 out a population of 60 millions. Yet still the tyrants hang onto oppressive powers ruining the economy,starving the citizens . . .

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      Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 11:56 am

      soon thailand will be renamed south china, and payut will have a life long prime minister seat, after living here 12 years, i’m out of that circus, bye bye land of lies…

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      Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      They say, foreigners on Visa Amnesty must leave the country by September 26. But another month of State of Emergency, borders closed, no flights (cancelled again) to where I need to go. Don’t want foreigners to come? Ok, but let us go, remove the padlock from the shut door.

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    Mike Frenchie

    Friday, August 21, 2020 at 4:56 am

    September 2035… 180 months of state of emergency, no COVID anywhere in the World since 2023 but you never know… lol… It may happen here!

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    Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    The problem with Generals turning into civilian politicians is that in their heads, they remain Generals, not economists used to operating in a democracy. Their first answer to everything is ‘curfew and control of the population’, followed by control, control, control. So the State of Emergency suits them just fine as it gives them a chance to get rid of the democracy loving foreigners out of the country, get their tame Doctors in the NSC or wherever to insist the borders remain closed ‘to control Covid-19’, and make the population dependent upon them just to live. So sad to see a country I love being turned into another North Korea.

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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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