PM asserts martial law will not be lifted soon

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BANGKOK, Oct 6 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, concurrently chief of the National Council for Peace and Order, confirmed that the imposition of the martial law would continue. 

Meanwhile, relatives of slain political demonstrators in the October 6, 1976 uprising joined activities to mark the 38th anniversary of the incident.

Regarding the martial law exercise that began in May before his May 22 administrative take over, Gen Prayut said that the imposition had to continue because political groups started to make [anti-government] movements.

He said the government was monitoring their movements, and that they must abide by the law.

“Give me some time and moral support [to complete my] work. I insist that I will use the power constructively,” the prime minister said.

Meanwhile, Thammasat University’s Tha Phra Chan campus organized an event to mark the 38th anniversary of the October 6, 1976 uprising today.

Participants gave alms to Buddhist monks and laid garlands to commemorate those who were killed in the incident.

The university administration and families of slain demonstrators, students and activists held the event to remember that part of Thai political history that involved Thammasat University and to introduce the demonstrators’ heroic spirits to younger people of the new generation.