Thai Protests Heating Up

As is often the case in Thailand, politics are complicated and press reports tend to be garbled. But that doesn’t mean this is not an important story to watch.

Published on: November 26, 2013
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  • Anthony

    WRM, the amnesty bill only provided pretext for escalation of simmering rivalry between Pheu Thai Party and Bangkok establishment.

    “The amnesty bill proposes to pardon almost anyone facing almost any charge arising from the period of political crisis from 2004 to 2010 – ranging from those charged with ordering the killings of demonstrators by the army and police in 2010 to some 25,000 people charged with graft and tax evasion. The bill would allow former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Ms Yingluck’s brother, to return to Thailand from self-exile, grant him amnesty from a corruption verdict and restore part of his confiscated fortune.”

    Yes you are correct, King Bhumipol is revered by most Thais; and his eventual departure will most certainly exacerbate long-time rivalries.

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