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Truth is rarely simple

Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva gives his take on the Bangkok riots

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Thai political leaders don't write memoirs, so Abhisit Vejjajiva's account of events from his appointment as prime minister in December 2008 to the end of the red-shirt demonstration on April 20, 2010 is path-breaking. Abhisit explains that he wrote this memoir because red shirts have made political capital by claiming that government forces killed protesters in a brutal crackdown, so he needs to set the record straight: "We have heard plenty of lies _ I now ask for the opportunity to tell the truth." 

The Simple Truth by Abhisit Vejjajiva 240 pp, 2013 Post Book, Available at leading bookshops. 295 baht

It is a dramatic and bloody tale. On his first day as prime minister, his car is attacked. Jumping forward five months to Pattaya, his car is again smashed when waiting at a red light. A week later Abhisit's car is again attacked in the Ministry of Interior compound, but the driver escapes in the style of a US cop series by ramming through the gates.

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