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Red shirts wary of 'wholesale' amnesty

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The Pheu Thai Party's decision to back a "wholesale" amnesty for all sides involved in the May 2010 violence has upset some of its red-shirt supporters as well as critics of the government. 

Some red shirts see the proposal championed by Deputy Premier Chalerm Yubamrung as a betrayal because it would cover senior Democrat Party figures who were in government when the military crackdown on the Bangkok rally took place three years ago Sunday.

Others say the amnesty is simply a cynical attempt to pave the way for the return home of exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, the red shirts' patron.

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