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Bangkok to ease emergency restrictions

Bangkok to ease emergency restrictions
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Restrictions on movement in Bangkok are expected to be lifted this weekend as authorities continue the clean-up after the city’s political unrest.

But before opening up the sector where anti-government demonstrators established their protest camp, it has to be made safe.

The search is on for explosives, while police search for evidence.

Police commander Ruechakorn Jonjaewut said: “We need to collect all the evidence as soon as possible so we can return this area to the people.”

Thailand’s government is saying it is committed to national reconciliation after breaking up the protest camp. But it has made no offer of early elections, as demanded by the demonstrators.

Government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said: “Tomorrow we will lift the transport restrictions around the Ratchaprasong area. We will open the roads and then return the areas to the relevant organisations.”

Dozens of people were killed and hundreds injured in weeks of clashes. The protest leaders who surrendered have been moved to a police detention centre in a city south of Bangkok.