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Statement from Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra

STATEMENT FROM DR THAKSIN SHINAWATRA “In 1976, university students held a pro-democracy demonstration in Bangkok. The junta in Thailand silenced them in a brutal crackdown. Dozens of university students were killed, hundreds were injured and thousands were arrested. The junta tried to label them “communists”. “In 2010 it has happened again. This time, however, the pro-democracy demonstrators are grassroots farmers and today’s military-backed government is labelling them “terrorists”. “The junta in Thailand today must be held to account for these deaths and abuses of human rights.”