Council on Foreign Relations: Thailand: It’s On (Again)

Thailand: It’s On (Again) – CFR, November 4, 2013
…The prime minister was warned many times in recent months—by red shirt members of Parliament, by foreign observers, by several Thai academics—that the amnesty bill would not only simply whitewash human rights abuses going back to the 2006 coup, a reason that on its own would make excellent cause to toss the legislation in the bin. Many warned Yingluck that the bill made bad political sense for her as well: Ramming the legislation through Parliament would give the opposition—which had been unable to gain traction against Yingluck, has not won control of Parliament in an election since the 1990s, and has little idea how to change to appeal to rural, working class Thai voters—a real issue to rally around for the first time…

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