Back to the brink in Thailand

Back to the brink in Thailand –, June 8, 2012
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]
…Thaksin has bid to rally his red shirt United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) group, imploring in a fiery speech on June 2 to fight back against attempts to “steal” power from the people. During the same speech, Thaksin said he had been “betrayed”, though without saying by whom, and regretted that red shirts had been “forced to drink their own blood”. He also lambasted a 2010 Supreme Court decision that confiscated US$1.4 billion of his wealth and served as a spark for the red shirt protests that paralyzed Bangkok’s commercial hub and degenerated into violence in April-May 2010. The rousing oratory harked back to earlier speeches where Thaksin urged his followers to stage a “social revolution” and marked a notably hard turn from his more conciliatory May 19 message, where he called on red shirts to put aside their grievances, including demands for justice for those killed during the April-May 2010 clashes between protestors and troops, for the sake of national reconciliation and his return from exile…

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