Today’s Bangkok Post:
Red shirt supporters in the North are gearing up for mass gatherings after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva lifted the state of emergency decree in three provinces.
Mr Abhisit yesterday told cabinet he had lifted the emergency decree in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Ubon Ratchathani following a recommendation from the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES).
The decree remains in effect in seven provinces: Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima.
Mr Abhisit said security forces in the provinces where the decree had been lifted might enforce other laws on the books to prevent activities that could lead to unrest.
Red shirt supporters in Chiang Mai have been buoyed by the revocation of the decree. Phichit Tamoon, a UDD leader in Chiang Mai, said the group would hold its first gathering on Sunday near Tha Phae gate in Muang district.