Thaksin’s lobbyist Robert Amsterdam in Africa

Here are some recent stories from the Zambian press attacking Robert Amsterdam. Amsterdam is also a lobbyist for Thaksin Shinawatra. Amsterdam is lobbying for ex-Zambian president Rupiah Banda who was defeated in a disputed election in 2011.

The Amsterdam blog supporting Red Shirts on such issues such as freedom for lese majeste detainees and murder charges against former PM Abhisit has gone quiet this year, previously averaging 3-4 stories a month, but in 2013 it has only one story so far (although Amsterdam did get on the Bangkok Governor bandwagon and insist Abhisit would be finished once Pheu Thai won).

Kabimba: Opposition playing into Amsterdam’s agenda –, March 7, 2013
…”Mr Amsterdam is a senile old man who is a gold-digger…He wants to turn the victims of such situations into villains and villains into victims. President (Thaksin) Shinawatra ran a corrupt regime against the people of Thailand, so the people of Thailand were the victims of his deeds and so is Mr Rupiah Banda,” he said…

Robert Amsterdam is an economic vampire – Mpombo –, March 4, 2013

Zambia: Rupiah Banda Challenged Over Amsterdam’s Insults –, February 26, 2013

Rupiah is insulting Zambians – Kabimba –, February 22, 2013
…Amsterdam, who described people calling for the lifting of Banda’s immunity as praise singers, further stated: “…President Michael Sata’s government is persecuting Banda in a completely opposite, backwards fashion.”
Amsterdam stated that the government had turned the fight against corruption into a political instrument…

Statement: Calls to Remove Former President Banda’s Immunity are Politically Motivated –, February 19, 2013

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