The Democrat Party will call nationwide rallies to oppose the amnesty bill which heads for its second reading in the House tomorrow as party leaders speak out on murder indictments.
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Democrat MP for Surat Thani Suthep Thaugsuban, right, and Democrat Party leader and former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva speak out against the decision by the Attorney-General’s Office to indict them on murder charges. PORNPROM SATTRABHAYA
Dems call snap protests as bill returns to House
Abhisit, Suthep 'stake lives' against amnesty
The Democrat Party will call nationwide rallies to oppose the amnesty bill which heads for its second reading in the House tomorrow.
Democrat MP for Surat Thani Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday declared he will mobilise supporters nationwide to oppose the bill.
The party's executives met yesterday following House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont's decision to call a meeting of the House tomorrow to deliberate the revised amnesty bill.
Mr Somsak's urgent letter, dated yesterday, says the special House meeting will begin at 9.30am.
Democrat deputy leader Thaworn Senneam said the party will organise a mass rally at Samsen railway station tomorrow evening, and has asked its MPs to call demonstrations in their own provinces before leading rally goers to join the main protest site in Bangkok.
‘Bring Thaksin back home’ outside the Pheu Thai Party’s head office. The group is urging Pheu Thai MPs and fellow red shirts to support the amnesty bill and help bring ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has lived abroad since his 2008 abuse of power conviction, back to Thailand. PATTANAPONG HIRANARD
The opposition executives resolved the party's four deputy leaders in each region will resign from their positions as executive directors to lead the rally.
They are Korn Chatikavanij for Bangkok, Issara Somchai for the Northeast, Siriwan Pratsajaksatru for the North and Mr Thaworn for the South.
The new version of the bill approved by a House scrutiny panel offers a blanket amnesty for all those involved in political protests from the Sept 19, 2006 coup to Aug 8, 2013, except those accused of violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, also known as the lese majeste law.
Mr Suthep said he was asking people nationwide to unite against the bill.
"We will stake our lives on it," Mr Suthep said during a press conference to counter the order of the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) to indict him and Mr Abhisit on murder charges in connection with the Democrat government-ordered crackdowns on red-shirt protesters in April-May 2010.
Mr Suthep said the campaign against the amnesty bill will remain within the law and not involve the use of weapons or the torching of buildings.
"We are not terrorists. We will not use weapons to fight anyone and we will not burn down buildings.
"We will stage sit-ins at provincial halls as an act of civil disobedience against the government," he said.
Mr Suthep said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra must order the Pheu Thai Party to withdraw the amnesty bill. He said the prime minister is in a position to head off any conflict and she should stop skirting around the issue.
If Ms Yingluck still puts the interests of her elder brother Thaksin Shinawatra and her family before the nation's, "you will end up without a country to live in", Mr Suthep warned.
Regarding the OAG's indictment order, Mr Suthep said public prosecutors had acted as a government tool in pressuring him and Mr Abhisit to accept the bill offering a blanket reprieve.
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