BANGKOK — Thai stocks fell 1% on Friday as Anti-government groups, protests returned to the streets of Bangkok, Thailand over Thai government political amnesty bill, sparks fear that will allow ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra back into office.
Thousands of Thai joined a rally against the planned amnesty outside a railway station in Bangkok on Thursday evening, some wearing bandanas reading “Fight” and waving clappers with the slogan “Stop the amnesty for corrupt people”.
The new government amnesty bill offers a hefty amnesty for all charged with political offences between Jan 1, 2004 and Aug 8, 2013. This would include ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra according to Bangkok Post report.
Business analysts warned of further declines if protests spread against the blanket amnesty bill passed early Friday by the Pheu Thai-dominated House of Representatives. The bill that draws large group of anti-government on Thursday is expected to go to the Senate next week. IMAGE / REUTERS