Thai "yellow-shirt" movement rejects amnesty bill

18:54, September 15, 2010      

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The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) also known as the "yellow-shirt" movement on Wednesday voiced its opposition to proposed amnesty law by a coalition party.

The PAD believes that Thai people disagree with the Bhumjaithai Party's idea to pardon political protesters, coordinator Suriyasai Katasila said.

The amnesty bill proposed by Bhumjaithai last August, also covered banned politicians and other criminal cases, Suriyasai said. The idea engineered by Bhumjaithai powerbroker Newin Chidchob may have a hidden agenda

The PAD leaders could defend themselves against all charges in court, the PAD leader said.

Dozens of members of the PAD are now facing charges in connection with the one-week blockade of Bangkok's two main airports late 2008, which ended after the Constitutional Court issued a verdict to dissolve then three ruling parties.

Innocent protesters both from the United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), also known as the "red shirt" movement, and the "yellow-shirt" movement are all applied to the proposed bill, but core leaders and those who incited violence are not on the list, Supachai Jaisamut, Bhumjaithai Party Spokesman told a TPBS program late Tuesday night.

The Bhumjaithai will consult with other coalition parties before submitting the proposed bill at a parliament meeting on Thursday, Supachai said.

Asked about a criticism that the move was just a campaign for popularity, the spokesman said that the party does not need to stage a campaign as the party is performing its duty for the public.

Source: Xinhua


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