Many civil servants express their support for protesters

Many civil servants express their support for protesters

Many public officials yesterday expressed their support for the cause of the anti-government protesters and their disagreement with what the government had done, particularly the push for a blanket-amnesty law.

Some of them disagreed with the protesters' street marches that caused severe traffic congestion but they regarded such a tactic as a necessary evil. They said they felt more comfortable with these protesters, when compared to the aggressive red-shirt protesters.

However, all of them spoke on condition of anonymity.

An official at the Public Health Ministry said that he blew a whistle in support of the protesters when they besieged the ministry compound on Wednesday. He said that he simply wanted to show that many bureaucrats disagreed with what this government was doing.

"The government should run the country transparently, and not for their own group. The attempt to issue an amnesty law shows that the government seriously lacks ethical values," he said.

"It is said that state officials should be neutral. But in this case, it is clear that the fight is between good and bad. So it's sensible to choose the right and the good," the bureaucrat said.

An Interior Ministry official in the Northeastern province of Khon Kaen said many officials were frustrated with the government.

He called on his fellow bureaucrats to come out and join the protesters' peaceful campaign for political changes. "This is unlikely to succeed in a short time. But at least it lets the government know that state officials in all ministries disagree with the way they are running the country."

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