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Controversy over Thailand’s Amnesty Bill drawing bigger protests

November 6, 2013 | Written by The Grand Signal
Photo courtesy of pittaya

The Amnesty Bill, a Thai policy currently hitting the senate aimed at whitewashing crimes committed by all leaders involved in political unrest since 2004, has been a hot topic of controversy in Thailand following it’s conception earlier this year. Although descibred as bill for “equality”, the bills critics suggest that it’s a roundabout way to return the exiled ex-Premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

According to the thousands of groups and individuals who have gone out onto the streets to protest, the amended Amnexty Bill will allow the former leader to return to the country and recover his wealth which was entirely sequestered by the incumbent government. Further controversy emerged when the ruling Puea Thai Party Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s sister, came out publicly in support of the bill.

Among the protestors, thousands of Chulalongkorn University lecturers, staff, students and alumni marched in the streets to express their rejection of the bill.

via Global Voices

photo by: pittaya

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