People blow whistle on Thai 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.

l Khon Kaen University students and lecturers launched a signature campaign against the bill.

l In front of the Khon Kaen City Pillar Shrine, businessmen, academics and locals also gathered to declare their stance against the controversial draft law.

l In a recent survey in the Northeast, 46.6 per cent of 1,190 respondents voiced their opposition.

l In Phitsanulok, a group of students and lecturers at Naresuan University launched a signature campaign.

l More than 10,000 university students and people in Trang joined a rally against the blanket amnesty.

l Students at Surat Thani Rajabhat University condemned the bill, saying it would hurt the rule of law and democratic principles.

l A youth network submitted an open letter against the bill to the Group of 40 Senators, now that the bill has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

l Hundreds of people in Yala marched down the main road to express their stance against the bill, and won cheers of support along the way.

l Healthcare workers in Nakhon Si Thammarat publicly denounced the bill.

l Lawyers in Loei and Uttaradit condemned the bill.

l The Thai Labour Solidarity Committee issued a statement against the bill. The statement encourages workers to join like-minded organisations in stopping the passage of the bill.

l Students in Ubon Ratchathani declared their opposition to the amnesty bill.