Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on November 12 issued a plea to protesters to end their street demonstrations.

The appeal was made after opposition leaders called for a three-day general strike starting on November 13.

The Thai PM urged restraint from protesters and expressed her concern over potential conflicts that may arise between demonstrators and government forces if the anti-government groups do not end their ongoing street protests soon.
Thailand 's lower house of parliament on November 1 passed a controversial political amnesty bill, which was unanimously rejected by the Thai Senate on late November 11.

The bill offers amnesty for all leaders involved in political unrest since 2004 and is backed by the ruling Pheu Thai party.

According to Thai law, although the bill was rejected by the Senate, the government is still able to enforce it as an executive decree.

However, opponents of the bill, led by the opposition Democrat Party, fear that it will "whitewash" past abuses and allow ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return.

Thaksin, whose sister Yingluck Shinawatra is now prime minister, was convicted of corruption and was sentenced two years imprisonment in his absence.

In the latest move, Former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban and eight other party lawmakers resigned their parliamentary seats on November 12 to oppose the amnesty.-VNA