Abhisit slams red-shirt attack
- Published: 21 Jul 2012 at 18.48
- Online news:
Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Saturday slammed the red shirts’ violent attack on him in Chiang Mai, saying the incident was obviously intended to hurt him.
The incident occurred when Mr Abhisit and his team were visiting a centre on land reform for people in San Sai district on Friday to give out community land title deeds.About 100 supporters of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) were on the scene and using loudspeakers to deliver verbal attacks against the former premier. Some tried to cordon off the area to prevent him from leaving and threw rocks at the car he came in, damaging it. Mr Abhisit said the government had declared its desire for national reconciliation, but fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, Prime Minister Yingluck, had done nothing to dissuade UDD supporters from improper behaviour.He said Friday’s attack was not normal political expression, but an act intended to harm him.The red shirts tried to block the road, but the Democrat Party leader's convoy managed to escape in time. However, several vehicles carrying his staff were...
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