Thousands of people took streets of Bangkok on Wednesday to protest over a controversial amnesty bill which was passed in the lower house of parliament. Under its provision, the blanket amnesty would absolve all parties involved in the political unrest of the last few years and pave a way for the return of deposed ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted in a military coup in 2006.
Critics of the bill have taken to the streets since last week to protest what they see as a way for Thaksin to escape his corruption conviction and return from his exile. Since last week the upper house has rejected the bill, sending it back to parliament. Yet protests have continued as the opposition Democrat party has taken advantage of the unrest to call for the resignation of the government which they see as a proxy for Shinawatra.
Wednesday marked the first of a three day period where opposition leaders have called for a programme of civil disobedience where people are asked to skip work and school and come to the gatherings. Since the rejection of the bill by the upper house the numbers at the protests have dropped.
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