Oct 31, 2013

    Amnesty Bill prompts protest


    THAILAND'S opposition called yesterday for mass protests against a politically charged amnesty Bill that critics fear will clear the way for the return of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

    The controversial legisla-tion, which is due to be debated in Parliament today, would cover all crimes related to political unrest since 2004, apart from defaming the monarchy.

    The ruling party of Premier Yingluck Shinawatra has ordered all its lawmakers to vote in favour of the Bill.

    The opposition Democrat Party said more than 10,000 people are expected at a railway station in Bangkok this evening.