Fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra last night made his presence felt during a 10-minute phone-in before a gathering of several thousands of supporters in the eastern resort city of Pattaya.
“This is the genuine voice of former prime minister Thaksin. I’m still alive and my health is fine. When I kept quiet, they said I’m dead, when I talked, they said I’m a trouble-maker,” said the fugitive, who fled the country to avoid a two-year jail term.
Last night’s phone-in was his first in months.
The red-shirt gathering took place in Pattaya, Chon Buri, after the government lifted the emergency rule in the tourist province.