Skip to main content

Emergency decree extended in Thailand

From Kocha Olarn, CNN
Red Shirt protesters returned to the streets of Bangkok last month.
Red Shirt protesters returned to the streets of Bangkok last month.
  • The emergency rule allows suspects to be detained for three months without formal charges
  • The emergency decree is imposed in April

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) -- An emergency decree in Bangkok and three provinces has been extended, a Thai government spokesman said Tuesday.

The decree allows authorities to detain suspects without formal charges up to 90 days.

The emergency rule was imposed in April after anti-government protests crippled much of Thailand.

The extension of the emergency rule also come after another protest in September where more than 10,000 anti-government demonstrators gathered in the heart of Bangkok's shopping district to mark the fourth anniversary of a bloodless coup that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

That peaceful demonstration lasted about four hours as one of the city's main intersections was again flooded with "Red Shirt" demonstrators -- so named for the color of their clothing.

But that demonstration was a far cry from the bloody protests where Red Shirts amassed in the same area from March to May until a crackdown by the government's security forces left 91 people dead and more than 2,000 injured.