UDD leaders reject blanket amnesty
- Published: 21 Oct 2013 at 16.15
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A leading United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship member insisted on Monday that UDD leaders do not want to benefit from the government's amnesty bill, but people of all political colour codes charged with offences during the 2010 violence should be granted amnesty.
The House committee scrutinising the amnesty bill put forward by Samut Prakan MP Worachai Hema on Friday voted to pass the amended draft law offering a blanket amnesty to all involved in the protests.
UDD deputy chairman Somwang Asrasi said UDD leaders did not wish to be covered by the amnesty bill, but wanted to fight any charges through normal judicial processes.
The UDD also do not want Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and Surat Thani MP Suthep Thaugsuban to benefit from the amnesty bill, he said, because those responsible for ordering the crackdown on political protesters in 2010 should be held responsible.
But the red-shirts and people of all political colour codes charged with political offences should be granted amnesty, some of who are still being detained in prison without bail, Mr Somwang said.
Mr Somwang argued that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was regarded as one of the red-shirts, who fought against injustice and for democracy.
"Thaksin was not involved in the protests. He was not a UDD core member, not a terrorist, not a murderer, not the one who ordered the crackdown. The court has ruled he is not a terrorist.
"Since many people were killed in the 2010 political protests, those who ordered the crackdown should be subject to legal action," he said.
Mr Somwang said he had asked independent organisations not to be biased against the red-shirts, since the practice of taking sides had brought division and unrest to Thailand.
Mr Somwang added that he believed the political situation could heat up in November when the third reading of the amnesty bill would be considered, and the International Court of Justice would deliver a ruling on the Preah Vihear dispute.