Bangkok — Thai protest leader Suthep told a crowd of some 50,000 demonstrators on Friday that the “Thaksin regime” must be uprooted.
The former Democrat Party MP said, “The amnesty bill is only the tip of the evils of the Thaksin regime,” referring to fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck’s current Pheu Thai-led government, according to reports.
He said “The only way to end this problem is to uproot the Thaksin regime.”
Suthep announced four steps to achieve this goal: the impeachment of all 310 MPs who voted for the controversial amnesty bill; boycotting all officials “serving the regime”; boycotting products and services linked to Thaksin; and calling for a nationwide strike by officials.
Pheu Thai MPs in the House of Representatives passed the blanket amnesty bill on November 1, which would cover everyone involved in the political unrest dating back to 2004.
But facing widespread opposition from numerous sectors of society, the government retreated on the bill, which was rejected by the Senate last Monday.
The government has promised not to try and resurrect the bill, and Pheu Thai’s coalition partners have agreed not to support the bill in the future.
But the mounting protesters have not been satisfied with these developments, and they now appear to be determined to overthrow the Pheu Thai government.
Polls show most Thais want the protests to stop, as those who opposed the amnesty bill have already achieved their goal.
Many are also afraid continuing unrest will hurt Thailand’s economy and lead to violence.