At heart of Thai election, a fugitive rallies

At heart of Thai election, a fugitive rallies – Reuters, June 27, 2011
…”Be prepared. Good things are about to come,” billionaire former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said from his Dubai mansion in a telephone call to a Buddhist temple where 38 communities declared their allegiance to Thaksin, formally becoming “Red Shirt Villages” in solidarity with the red-shirted movement that backs him.
In a sign of his support, the number of “Red Shirt Villages” has doubled to more than 700 in two northeastern provinces since a Reuters report uncovered the phenomenon on June 7…

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