Thaksin gave an interview (published this friday) to Le Figaro, one of the main daily french newspapers. Title : “Meeting with the Red Shirts heroe, on the run”
I found some interesting details, that I didn’t see elsewhere (mixing of quotes from him, and from the journalist, translation from myself).
-“I will fight until the end. Out of the question to surrender.”
-He’s doing business between Dubai, Hong Kong, Africa and Germany, a country where he says he has a residency card.
-“It’s urgent that the King speaks out”. He regrets that he didn’t receive an answer to the 3 letters he sent to the King.
-“I’m asking also the dissolution of the House, the liberation of protesters who were arrested and the urgent beginning of a reconciliation process between the different political groups. Moreover, it’s important to know the truth about the civilians killed [during the riots], according to my sources they were 50. If not, we can’t rule out new fightings”.
He’s quoting an old proverb : “you can’t hide a dead elephant behind a leaf”.
-“I’ve got some power, I’m popular, I’ve got money, I’m coming from up country. I’m the victim of my own success. This is why the Bangkok’s elite wants to destroy me”.
-What is his goal ? “Democracy, symbol of liberty, equality and fraternity, like in your country, France. Until I reach this goal, I won’t give up”
He makes a pause, before to add : “And I have to get back my frozen assets !”.
Pue Thai Party’s centre for missing protesters claimed that it received complaints that two people went missing and 11 people were injured during the crackdown. (Nation)
This is the party… of Thaksin (ex-TRT, ex-PPP)… So 50 ? Or 2 ? Thaksin has obviously a problem with his “sources”… 😉 Furthermore, the story about Germany is really strange. I’ve tried to find something on Google. Nothing. I can’t imagine the french journalist making this up (why Germany ???). So Thaksin might be lying, or bending the reality.