The relatives of those killed in the 2010 political violence on Monday lashed out at the Pheu Thai Party for revising the amnesty bill proposed by Samut Prakan MP Worachai Hema, arguing the proposed blanket amnesty is intended to absolve former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of wrongdoings.
They issued a statement attacking Pheu Thai for not listening to the voices of ordinary people.
The statement was read in public by Mrs Payao, mother of volunteer nurse Kamolkade Akkahad who was shot dead on May 19, 2010 at Wat Pathum Wanaram.
It said the House committee scrutinising the bill chaired by Samart Kaewmeechai had revised Section 3 of the draft legislation with the obvious intention of absolving Thaksin of wrongdoings, although former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban would also benefit from the legislation.
"This shows the Pheu Thai Party never listens to the voice of the people, especially the relatives of the victims who want the justice process to establish the truth," the statement said.
The statement went on to say that relatives of those killed want government to alter the draft legislation to require all those who were involved in 2010 violence to face justice in court.
The government should remove Tarit Pengdith as Department of Special Investigation chief and chief investigator in the investigation of the deaths of protesters in 2010, because he was directly involved in the violence, the statement added.
Pansak Srithep, father of Samaphan Srithep, who was also killed at Wat Pathum Wanaram, said those who were charged with political offences and detained should be freed on bail first before proceeding with an amnesty bill.
Sunai Phasuk, a researcher from Human Rights Watch, said the revised amnesty bill hightened concerns that those implicated in the 2010 violence would end up escaping punishment as a result of political collusion.
The relatives of victims of the protests said they would gather at Democracy Monument on Oct 24 before marching to parliament to submit a petition to the House committee scrutinising the amnesty bill asking them to explain why they altered the original draft of the legislation.