Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra insisted on Monday that declaring an emergency would be the last option in dealing with the current protests.
She said the emergency decree was a harsh law was likely to lead to more violence.
“It will be the last option but I would like to say that we are trying not to use it,” Yingluck said.
On Monday, Yingluck visited the Suvarnabhumi International Airport to provide moral support to security officials. Twelve companies of policemen and two companies of troops were deployed to ensure security at the airport.
While Yingluck was making the inspection, policemen applauded and shouted “PM fight on”, prompting her eyes to brim with tears.
The troops applauded only when instructed to do by a police spokesman over the public address system.