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Emergency Decree extended a 12th time, until July 31


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After running through the normal bureaucratic process, it’s now official: Thailand is officially extending its Emergency Decree for a 12th time. The Decree was set to expire May 31 and while there was little doubt that it would be extended, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has now signed the official document to extend the Decree two more months. It is now set to expire on July 31. The extension was originally approved by the Cabinet on May 25 but still had to work its way through the bureaucratic system. The Royal Thai Government Gazette announced the decision in an official publication on […]

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So, what does the Emergency Decree actually achieve, that a working and visible police force couldn't achieve? Apart from pampering Thailand's political puppet of a PM with his favourite ego-booster, it achieves nothing.

Does it make the Thai population behave better than it would, were there an effective police presence on the streets? I don't think so. What Thailand has been notoriously short of, especially since the Junta appeared to open more doors to tea-money and more serious corruption and especially since Prayut personally put himself in control of the RTP by nominating himself as its Commander, on becoming PM 'proper' at the election, is a police force that actually enforces laws and Covid-19 restrictions, a police force that the country's people are actually aware of. In a word, Prayut is actually unfit for office, period.

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