Dems firm on fighting amnesty bill

The Democrat Party will continue to fight both inside and outside parliament and in every forum against the amnesty bill now going through the legislative process, party spokesman Chavanont Intarakomalyasut said on Sunday.

  • Published: 18/08/2013 at 02:58 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

He said the fight will be within the scope of the law and the constitution.

On the claim that the amnesty bill, proposed by Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema, would benefit a large number of people, Mr Chavanont said in fact only 167 people - 30 already in detention and 137 charged with political violence - stood to benefit. They included core members of the red shirts charged with terrorism.

The legislation was not intended to help the people but to whitewash wrongdoers. The Democrat Party would do everything possible to prevent it from being passed into law, Mr Chavanont said.

The Democrat Party spokesman said the party would send an open letter to all foreign embassies in Thailand, democratic associations and political parties in Asia, and international organisations such as the United Nations and United Nations Human Rights Commission to tell them that the root cause of the problems in Thailand was the government's attempt to absolve criminal law offenders of wrongdoing.

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