Thailand Acts Against Suspected Red Shirt Backers

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BANGKOK — The Thai government has moved into the next phase of a campaign against the dissident movement known as the red shirts, freezing the assets of scores of people it says helped finance recent protests and planning to summon them for questioning.

Two months of antigovernment demonstrations ended on May 19, when the army dispersed a red-shirt encampment in the commercial center of Bangkok.

Altogether, at least 88 people died and at least 1,800 people were wounded over the course of the protests.

Since then the government has pursued a dual-track approach to its opponents, with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva emphasizing a program of national reconciliation while hundreds of members of the opposition have been arrested and held without trial.

The prime minister’s reconciliation road map has now added to the atmosphere of acrimony, becoming a new focus for attack from government opponents.

The New York Times

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