Thailand: Will Unrest Return to Bangkok Streets?

Updated On: Jan 28, 2009

Just weeks after by elections showed a swing to the Democrat led government, some 2,000 protestors are taking to the streets to agitate against the government and for former prime minister Thaskin Shinawatra.

On  Saturday, 24 Jan,  the so called Red Shirts stormed through a security cordon of nearly 1,000 police officers to seize a stage previously used, ironically, by the anti Thaksin  People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD).  The red-shirts disrupted an event planned by a small group of PAD supporters. They were led by former People Power Party MP Nisit Sinthuprai and Pheu Thai Party MPs Sakda Khongpetch, Kitti Somsab and Warawong Phansila.

Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra is set to phone in from abroad and take issue with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva this morning, a politician loyal to Thaksin said yesterday.

Nattawut Saikua, a leader of the pro-Thaksin Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship (DAAD) and a host of the DTV channel, said the rebuttal would be centred on allegations that Abhisit had copied so-called populist policies from Thaksin.

Some analysts warned against the move. The more Thaksin speaks, the closer the scrutiny he will receive from his enemies, they warned. Others said Thakin's phone-in was a desperate attempt to revive his flagging popularity.

Source: THE NATION , January 25, 2009, Red-shirts take over PAD rally site, http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/30094098/Red-shirts-take-ov..., “Thaksin to phone in reclaiming populism”, http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/01/25/politics/politics_30094110.ph...

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