| GEO World|
| Thailand should extend state of emergency: office|
| Updated at: 0926 PST, Tuesday, July 06, 2010|
BANGKOK: Thailand should maintain a state of emergency imposed during recent bloody political protests, an office set up to handle the crisis said on Tuesday; hours before the government was due to consider extending it.
Anti-government protests by supporters of an ousted prime minister turned violent in April and May. Ninety people were killed and almost 2,000 wounded, raising fears for stability and growth in Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy.
Businesses and rights groups are calling for the dropping of the special law, which has unnerved some investors and tourists, when a decree under which it was imposed expires on Wednesday. The government is due to consider it on Tuesday amid speculation it could be ended in some areas, although not in Bangkok and main bastions of support for Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted as prime minister in a 2006 coup.