Thai Junta Lifts Curfew

Thailand's military government lifted a curfew nationwide on Friday, citing the absence of any violence and the need to support the country's tourism sector.

"As the situation has improved and there have been no incidents that can lead to violence... and in order to improve tourism, the curfew will be lifted in all remaining provinces,'' the ruling military council said in a televised announcement.

Thailands Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha (left) arrives at the Royal Thai Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand on June 13, 2014. /AP Thailand's Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha (left) arrives at the Royal Thai Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand on June 13, 2014. /AP

The curfew had been in place from midnight to 4:00 a.m. in 47 provinces including the capital Bangkok. It had lifted the curfew in 30 provinces, which include the country's main tourist hotspots, over the past week.

VOA News / Jun. 14, 2014 08:43 KST