Thai junta may lift martial law in tourist areas

BANGKOK – Thailand's military government is considering lifting martial law in some provinces, particularly in those that attract a lot of tourists, a junta spokesman said on Wednesday.

The military declared martial law across the country on May 20, two days before it seized power in a bloodless coup after months of anti-government protests in which more than 30 people were killed.

The United States and European Union both downgraded diplomatic ties following the coup. Lieutenant General Teerachai Nakwanit, army commander for the central region including the capital, Bangkok, said a decision on easing martial law would be made in coming days.

“We have to look at the impact on tourism and the overall situation in the country. We may lift martial law in some provinces,” Teerachai told Reuters.

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