Thailand's opposition Democratic Party on October 30 called for a mass protest against a controversial amnesty bill that critics fear will clear the way for the return of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The protest is slated for October 31 at Samsen railway station as it is outside the area subjected to the Internal Security Act (ISA).

DP leader Suthep Thaugusuban said his party wants supporters nationwide to join in the protest. He accused Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the ruling Party Puea Thai of exploiting the Party’s parliamentary majority to pass the bill to whitewash charges against former ousted PM Thaksin and other political criminals.

As Yingluck’s brother, Thaksin is living in exile abroad.

The same day, Deputy PM Pracha Promnok called on groups opposing the bill to stage peaceful and lawful rallies, adding that the administration is considering the extension of enforcing the ISA in some areas taking into account the real situation.-VNA