Thai junta lifts post-coup curfewa

BANGKOK: Thailand’s junta on Friday lifted the night-time curfew imposed after their military coup three weeks ago, to the relief of World Cup fans and the struggling tourism industry.The ending of the midnight-4am curfew enforced by the ruling generals’ National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will allow Thais to watch football’s showpiece tournament in bars and restaurants without fear of arrest. “As the overall situation in many places has eased and there is no sign of violence, to reduce the impact on people’s livelihoods and to promote tourism the NCPO orders the lifting of the curfew in every area immediately,” a televised announcement said.The junta has curtailed civil liberties by banning public protests, arresting demonstrators, censoring media and temporarily detaining hundreds of critics for questioning.

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