Thaksin Uses Red-shirts for His Return to Thailand

Thepthai

The spokesman to the Democrat Party leader said fugitive and ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra is using his supporters as an instrument to facilitate his return to Thailand.

Democrat Party leader’s spokesman, Thepthai Senphong commented that Thaksin’s phone-in in Nakhon Ratchasima province was aimed to gather support and give hope to the red-shirts so that they are motivated to join in the move to bring him back to Thailand.

Citing Thaksin who said he would alleviate his supporters’ poverty and debts and solve the crisis that the nation has been facing, Thepthai said such a promise is a pipedream that was aimed to motivate the red-shirts to fight for his return since Thaksin has to face legal predicaments for various offenses first.

In regards to Thaksin’s plea for his supporters to vote for Pheu Thai candidates in the next general election in order that he can come home, Thepthai said that, during Thaksin’s nominated administrations of former prime ministers Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat, Thaksin came back to Thailand once but that it was he who chose to leave the country and become self-imposed exile to avoid serving his sentence.

Thepthai added that Thaksin should not be the one who sets the conditions on how he could return to Thailand. Thepthai said Thaksin could come back to Thailand whenever he wanted and that the Abhisit government would give him fair treatment.

In response to Thaksin thanking his supporters for the royal petition movement, Thepthai said it showed that it was Thaksin’s intention to carry out the move via his supporters.

Thepthai questioned whether there were indeed five million signatures for the petition and would like to know how many Pheu Thai MPs have joined the petition drive. Pheu Thai MP Surapong Towijakchaikul from Chiang Mai earlier said he would ask every MP from his party to sign the petition.

Thepthai said the public does not want to see a furthure protest staged by the red-shirts. He asked the red-shirt leaders to revert to their earlier statement that only a handful of red-shirt leaders would submit the petition themselves. The upcoming gathering on August 17 signals that they have changed their minds and decided to use the masses and power to create pressure. He warned the red-shirt supporters against gathering near the Grand Palace because it could cause an uproar and possibly lead to disastrous consequence.

TAN, 10 August 2009

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