Christian Science Monitor: Thai politician turned protest leader follows own script in political drama

Thai politician turned protest leader follows own script in political drama – Christian Science Monitor, February 7, 2013
…Ansari Mansuri, the head of the Yameay Mosque in Phuket, which has a large Muslim minority, says that protesters are well aware of Suthep’s checkered past. But he insists that the charges pale in comparison to what they see as the corruption and thuggery of pro-Thaksin governments.
“Thaksin killed too many Muslims in the south,” he says, referring to security force massacres in Thailand’s southernmost provinces, where a shadowy war fought between insurgents and security forces has resulted in the killing of almost 6,000 people in the last decade.
By contrast, says Mr. Ansari, “Mr Suthep is a good man. He had a little problem with corruption before, a long time ago, but not like the Thaksin regime.”

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