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How to spoil reconciliation

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The move last week by a group of Pheu Thai MPs to once again change the details of the political amnesty bill deserves strong condemnation. The terms of their revised amnesty bill are mostly unacceptable, but the manner in which they made a secret deal and then rammed the measure through a committee vote was shamelessly anti-democratic. It is a political time bomb. 

The amnesty issue is proof the devil is in the details. It seems clear that virtually all Thais favour some form of forgiveness for political acts over the past decade. The nation appears agreed in principle that most participants in demonstrations, protests and similar acts are blameless for any violence that occurs.

"Most" is not "all", and there is no sign the entire nation agrees with the Pheu Thai MPs who decided last week to try to push through a blanket amnesty. Strong opinion persists that an amnesty for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is unacceptable. Equally, an important part of the nation opposes legal forgiveness for ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his top ministers and aides for their roles in the 2010 Bangkok violence.

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