The state of emergency is still needed for the current situation as political violences have still occurred, Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order's member Surapong Tohvichakchaikul said Monday.
He was referring to a bomb attack at the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road this morning.
He said the decree invocation had no effect on tourism because the police used no force or violence against protesters. But the anti-government protests did have negative effect on tourism because it caused fear and trouble for tourists, he said.
The state of emergency, that will be expired on March 22, covers the entire Bangkok and Nonthaburi and parts of Samut Prakarn and Pathum Thani.