Thai crackdown on ‘red shirts’ planned years ago, report alleges

 Thai crackdown on ‘red shirts’ planned years ago, report alleges

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The Thai government’s crackdown on “red shirt” protesters last spring was planned nearly four years in advance and modelled on the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, a report contends, saying Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva approved military force against unarmed civilians.

The report also alleged two Bangkok hospitals colluded with the Thai government to cremate bodies of civilians killed in skirmishes and to destroy evidence of possible crimes.

The report, prepared by the red shirts’ Toronto-based legal team, is expected to be filed with the International Criminal Court on Monday. It is asking the court to investigate whether the Thai government’s actions constituted crimes against humanity.

An estimated 90 people died and nearly 2,000 were wounded in clashes with government forces after demonstrators took to the streets of Bangkok, demanding Abhisit dissolve the legislature and hold elections.

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