Thailand cancels emergency decree in bid to calm protests

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government on Thursday canceled a state of emergency it had declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool massive student-led protests seeking democracy reforms.

The decree had banned public gatherings of more than four people and allowed censorship of the media, among other provisions. It was challenged in court by an opposition party and a group of university students.

Thai PM backs down on protest ban, protesters say he must go

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha backed down on Wednesday over emergency measures he imposed last week to stop three months of protests, but demonstrators said it was not enough and demanded he resign within three days.

Tens of thousands of people marched to his offices at Government House. The protesters have been demonstrating for months against Prayuth and to demand curbs to King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s powers.

Thai authorities seek to censor coverage of student protests

Bangkok, Oct 19 (AP/PTI) Thailand's embattled prime minister said on Monday that there were no plans to extend a state of emergency outside the capital, even as student-led protests calling for him to leave office spread around the country.

Police, however, indicated they were working to censor coverage of the demonstrations.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government has already issued a decree that bans public gatherings of more than four people in Bangkok, outlaws news said to effect national security and gives authorities broad power to detain people.

Thai PM concerned about protests, wants to talk: spokesman

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is concerned about spreading protests and fears they could be used by troublemakers seeking to instigate violence, his spokesman said on Sunday as thousands of people defied a ban on protests for a fourth day.

“The government wants to talk to find a way out together,” spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri told Reuters.

Transit shutdowns fail to deter Thai pro-democracy protests

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Thailand staged a fourth straight day of high-profile protests in the capital on Saturday, thwarting efforts by the authorities to stop them, including a shutdown of the city’s mass transit systems.

Unlike protests a day earlier, which saw police using water cannons to keep the protesters at bay, Saturday’s demonstrations were peaceful, with no reports of any clashes by the time participants started heading home in the evening.

Thai protesters defy ban for second day despite PM's warning

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Hundreds of Thai anti-government protesters chanted “Down with Dictatorship” under pouring rain in Bangkok on Friday, defying a government ban on demonstrations for a second day and in spite of a warning from Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

The location of the demonstration was shifted at short notice by about 1.6 km (1 mile) after police deployed in force at the Ratchaprasong Intersection, where tens of thousands of protesters rallied on Thursday.

Thai police disperse protesters outside PM’s office

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police early Thursday dispersed a group of pro-democracy protesters who camped out overnight outside the office of the prime minister to demand his resignation, leading him to implement a “severe” state of emergency in the capital area.

An Associated Press journalist saw riot police advance from multiple locations to force out a few hundred protesters who remained outside Government House, the seat of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Protesters were seen taken away into police trucks.

Thousands camp outside Thai PM's office as protests escalate

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thousands of Thai protesters set up camp outside Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s office late on Wednesday, in an escalation of three months of demonstrations aimed at forcing the former junta leader to step down.

The protesters had earlier faced off against thousands of royalist supporters, who showed up in their biggest numbers since the start of protests that have also demanded curbs on the monarch’s powers.

Death Toll In Central Thailand’s Bus-Train Collision Rises To 20

BANGKOK, Oct 11 (NNN-TNA) – At least 20 people have been killed, after a tour bus, which had 65 passengers on board, crashed with a cargo train, in central Thailand this morning.

Prathueng Yookassem, district chief officer from Chachoengsao Province, about 80 km east of Bangkok, where the accident occurred, told Thai PBS TV that, rescue workers counted 17 bodies, after the collision.

However, three more died after they were rushed to a nearby hospital.

Prathueng also said that there was no rail barricade, when the train ran through the crossroad.

Bus-train collision in central Thailand leaves 17 dead

Bangkok, Oct 11 (AP/PTI) At least 17 people died early Sunday when a train collided with a bus in central Thailand, officials said.

The tour bus was travelling with 65 passengers on board when it crossed the railway track during rain in Chacheongsao, 80 kilometers east of Bangkok, where a train smashed into the vehicle.

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