Crowds march against Thai government’s bid to erase former prime minister Thaksin’s corruption conviction – The Independent, November 4, 2013
…In an interview in Singapore last week, he played down his desire to return to Thailand, assuring both supporters and adversaries that the amnesty bill was needed to “reset” the country after seven years of an enduring political divide which has left dozens killed and in prison.
Thaksin is considered a reformer against the opposition royalists in a country where criticism or even detailed discussion of 86-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej has resulted in lengthy prison terms in recent years.
“We [fighting politicians] will soon be gone,” Thaksin told the Thai-language daily Post Today two days before the amnesty bill passed through the lower house. “It is our children who will take our place and they will have to live in a bruised and battered country because of what we do, because we just want to win… to be in power and have no thought for our country.”
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