NIDA Poll also shows majority against expanded amnesty that includes ThaksinBy Bangkok Pundit Oct 30, 2013 10:00AM UTC
Saksith blogged the other day:
In the end, the draft by PT MP Worachai Hema was proposed and passed in its first reading after a (by now almost to be expected) tumultuous and long parliamentary debate and similarly tumultuous scenes outside the building involving protesters. Wocharchai’s draft grants all involved in the numerous political protests from the military coup of September 19, 2006 to May 10, 2010 – just a few days before the end of the anti-government red shirt protests – amnesty (both red and yellow shirts), while excluding its leaders and also authorities and politicians that were responsible in the violent crackdowns of May 2010. Like all other drafts, this also excludes those sentenced and imprisoned for lèse majesté offences.
BP: The draft has since been amended to cover those accused of wrongdoing by a group of people or an organisation set up after the coup of September 19, 2006 which would include Thaksin as well as Suthep/Abhisit and red/yellow protest leaders.
NIDA Poll surveyed 1,252 people between October 21-22 about the amnesty law.
Q1. What do you think that the resolution of the committee about the draft amnesty bill that allows amnesty for all parties including leaders, those who issued orders, and those who have cases from the AEC) that includes Thaksin as well?
A. Disagree, 57.91%
B. Agree, 29.07%
C. Didn’t specify/unsure, 13.02%
BP: Like with the Bangkok and surrounding provinces poll, we have a clear majority against the amnesty bill.
Q2. What do you think if there was an amnesty was approved [by parliament] and this may result in the seizure of assets of Thaksin being invalid and the government has to return the money together with interest to Thaksin?
A. Disagree, 65.89%
B. Agree, 20.05%
C. Didn’t specify/unsure, 14.06%
BP: The return of any money to Thaksin, if it is possible, would be a lightning rod for protests if the current version of the amnesty bill becomes law.
Q3. Do you think that if the draft amnesty bill entered the second reading that it will result in political chaos to what level?
A.Protesters will increase and there will be conflict with the authorities which is severe, 55.83%
B. No conflict at all will arise because the government will be able to control the situation, 11.1%
C. Prime Minister will dissolve parliament, 6.07%
D. Puea Thai will amend the draft amnesty bill so that it covers only political protesters, but not leaders, 5.43%
E. Puea Thai will remove the draft amnesty bill from consideration, 4.79%
F. Coup, 3.12%
G. There will be protesters, but it won’t be violent, .96%
H. Not sure/not specified
BP: Those surveyed here are more pessimistic than those surveyed in the Bangkok University poll.
With the moving of the second reading up to October 31 and November 1, there are so many issues to cover about the amnesty bill. Will cover them in separate posts. These posts on the polls clearly indicate no public support for the reworded amnesty bill. They show the opposite and that is clear majorities oppose the expanded amnesty…