Bangkok — (UPDATE) As street protests continue to grow against the government’s blanket amnesty bill in Thailand, academics say they are confident the bill will be axed by the Constitutional Court.
Prinya Thaewanarumitkul, vice-rector of Thammasat University, said “The law and the process are in violation of the constitution,” reported the Bangkok Post.
The Democrat Party has already vowed it will launch a legal challenge to the bill once it goes through the parliamentary process.
Also, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra cannot forward the bill on to His Majesty the King until the court gives its verdict.
Over 700 lecturers, staff, and students of Thammasat University issued a statement reaffirming the school’s stand against the amnesty bill on Monday morning.
Meanwhile, the Democrat Party will lead a march from its rally site at Samsen railway station across Bangkok today in an effort to step up their campaign against the bill.
The march is aimed at paralysing traffic in Bangkok in order to put more pressure on the government to withdraw the bill, said Thai media reports.
The separate rally at Uruphong intersection has grown as more groups have joined, and reports indicate the Democrat Party demonstrators now intend to join forces with the protesters at Uruphong.
In addition, yet another rally of business groups on Silom Road today intend to blow whistles showing their defiance against the bill.
The Bangkok Post also reported today that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra expects the Constitution Court to reject all controversial bills of his younger sister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government, and is already preparing the ruling Pheu Thai Party for a general election early next year.
The report said Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit contended that the amnesty bill was for the sake of national reconciliation, and was therefore in the public’s interest.
He said it was not discriminatory, and not aimed at just one person.
Many of those who oppose the bill fear that its real aim is to grant amnesty to Thaksin, thus allowing the fugitive ex-PM to return to Thailand and possibly return to power.