The different amnesty bills, although they vary in detail, cause similarly large levels of public anxiety. The problem is not the legal loopholes in each version, but the fear that, given the highly polarised politics involved, the government's amnesty push could lead to a deadly collision.
A political group rallies for the release of political prisoners earlier this year. An amnesty law will need to be accepted by all sides of the political divide before a breakthrough can be achieved. PATIPAT JANTHONG
As Pheu Thai Party MP Worachai Hema's amnesty bill goes before parliament this week, it does so amid the Yingluck Shinawatra government's declining popularity, a new round of protests to topple the so-called proxy government of Thaksin Shinawatra, and rising political tensions reflected by the invocation of the Internal Security Act.
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