'If I'm guilty, execute me': Abhisit on the red shirt crackdown
He's been called a murderer by his enemies, but the prime minister at the time of one of Thailand's bloodiest periods accepts no blame and tells 'Spectrum' that all of the violence and lives lost were due to the machinations of one 'big boss'
Three years to the day that the events of April and May, 2010 culminated in the red shirt crackdown and the surrender of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship's leaders, Thai society remains deeply divided. Some 92 people were killed in the crackdown, from protesters to innocent bystanders, journalists to security personnel.
More than 1,000 people were injured and billions of baht worth of damage was wrought on properties; provincial halls were torched as were buildings in Bangkok, including the CentralWorld shopping centre.
Murder charges were laid against then prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban. The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is looking into the allegations. Meanwhile, terrorism charges were filed against UDD leaders and several protesters.
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