Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva Monday explained he wore a red-shirt to join a rally on Sunday as a symbol that fights for righteousness were beyond political divisiveness.
To the surprise of many, Abhisit wore a red-shirt to appear on the stage of the Democrat rally at the Thai-Japanese Youth Centre on Sunday.
Abhisit said he wanted to send a message to all Thais, including the red-shirt people, that it was not right to push for the enactment of national reconciliation bills.
Abhisit said the red-shirt people feel that they have not received justice in the violent incidents but the reconciliation bills seeking to absolve all people had has their main goal to benefit former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
He said the issue of reconciliation should be to appease the squabbling between people with different political affiliations or different colours. But reconciliation should based on the right principles.
Abhisit said amnesty should be given after screening of people qualified for the amnesty has been carried out.
Deputy Agriculture Minister Natthawut Saikua, a red-shirt leader, said the red-shirt people would not count Abhisit as one of them even though he wore a red shirt.
Natthawut said Abhisit might have developed some mental problems following a series of political rallies by the Democrats.
Natthawut said the colour of shirts was only a symbol of unity of people with the same ideology.