Business groups and their supporters say they will occupy Silom Road again on Wednesday if the government refuses to drop the amnesty bill.
Office workers, men and women, and local supporters filled Silom Road with a whistle blowing campaign in a Monday to show their rejection of the blanket amnesty bill. (Photo by Pattarachai Perchapanich)
The Businessmen for Democracy Club and the Green Silom Business Group led by Somkiat Homla-or, who drew a crowd estimated by observers at 10,000 or more people to Silom Road on Monday, said they planned to return to the street again for another one-minute whistle-blowing campaign if the government turns a deaf ear to the opposition they expressed .
Mr Somchai said the amended bill was unacceptable as it interferes with the judicial process and encourages corruption.
Whistle blowers could return to Silom again on Wednesday to renew their call to put an end to the amnesty bill. (Photo by Pattarachai Prechapanich)
Police said they counted about 8,000 protesters on Silom Road.
The road from Sala Daeng intersection down to the head office of Bangkok Bank was filled with whistle blowers, who noisily announced their opposition to the bill at 12.34pm. Thousands of workers poured out of offices, joined by men and women on the street, and gathered in protest against the bill. Whistles were distributed to all participants, many of them waving the national flag, during the short rally.
They deemed the bill an attempt to whitewash cases involving offences by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his cabinet members, among other things.
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva also joined in the whistle blowing in Silom, while most party members paraded on Bangkok streets to the Oct 14 Memorial on Ratchadamnoen Avenue and continued to the City Pillar Shrine at Sanam Luang.
The Democrat Party was in the afternoon leading tens of thousands of its supporters back to its base at Samsen railway station after the march against the bill.
The opposition party's anti-amnesty rally began at Samsen on Thursday.
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