Thais blow whistle on govt

Thais blow whistle on govt

THAILAND - Opposition to the amnesty bill has manifested into different displays of protest across the country.

Apart from the big show of opposition on Bangkok's streets, people from all walks of life - from academics and doctors to villagers - have organised a variety of activities to send a message to the Parliament that it should scrap the explosive draft law.

l Thammasat University rector Somkit Lertpaithoon, who also chairs the Council of University Presidents of Thailand, confirmed that the council was ready to work with other groups to push for the scrapping of the draft law.

l More than 600 Thammasat University lecturers and staff signed a petition against the amnesty bill.

l Somkit and the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand called on the Senate to take a stance against the bill.

l Chulalongkorn University Students Organisation issued a statement against the bill.

l The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) launched a signature campaign against the bill. Thousands have already put their names down.

l Srinakharinwirot University has launched a similar campaign that has also attracted thousands of signatures.

l The Association of Rural Doctors in the Seven Southernmost Provinces publicly condemned the amnesty bill. Encouraged by the association, many hospitals in the South will fly banners against the bill from today onward.

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