Dems anti-amnesty rally starts Oct 31
- Published: 30 Oct 2013 at 12.17
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The Democrat Party announced on Wednesday it will begin a rally against the amnesty bill from 6pm Thursday at Samsen railway station in Bangkok.
Suthep Thaugsuban, a Democrat Party MP for Surat Thani, centre, reads out a statement in front of the statue of King Rama 7 at parliament on Oct 30, 2013 announcing a rally against the amnesty bill. (Photo by Pattarachai Prechapanich)
Suthep Thaugsuban, a party MP for Surat Thani, read out a party statement announcing the start of the protest at a press conference in front of the statue of King Rama 7 at parliament.
"The party wants to declare its intention to join the people throughout the country to oppose the amnesty bill. The Thai people nationwide are hereby invited to join the rally against the bill at Sam Sen railway station on Oct 31, starting at 6pm.
"The party and the people and businessmen inside the country will continue to rally until the government agrees to drop the bill," Mr Suthep announced.
The statement said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the ruling Pheu Thai Party had taken advantage of their command of the majority in the House of Representatives to push for an amnesty law to absolve former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of wrongdoing in corruption and terrorism cases without listening to opposition from various groups of people.
"If the government is allowed to do everything it wants using the control of the majority, the country would be dominated by the government's dictatorial power which aims to protect the interests of their families and associates without caring for the people," the statement said.
Mr Suthep said some party executives and deputy leaders had resigned their party posts to give their full attention to the protest. They included Issara Somchai and Korn Chatikavanij.
He said Samsen railway station was chosen as the rally point because it is outside the areas where the Internal Security Act has been imposed, using the railway line as the boundary.
Mr Issara said some deputy party leaders had resigned their party posts because if they take part in the rally while holding executive positions some people might petition the Election Commission to dissolve the Democrat Party.
The V For Thailand group also issued a statement calling for the people to join the Democrat Party's rally at Samsen railway station on Oct 31, from 6pm.
The statement said it was now time for the people to rid society of bad politicians.
The V For Thailand group said medical and nurse students from various hospitals would gather in front of the office of the Foundation for the Blind of Thailand opposite Ramathibodi Hospital on Rama 6 road at 5pm tomorrow before marching to show moral support for the anti-government protesters at the Uruphong intersection.