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December 2013 - January 2014 Vol.18/19 No.12/1

Democracy in distress

Category: Asia, Thailand
By V G Kulkarni

Thai opposition groups take law in their own hands, again

He managed to win a landslide victory for his political party in 2011 from his exile base in Dubai. He also runs the Thai government through a proxy prime minister – his youngest sister. He is hated by large sections of the urban Thai population, yet admired by a larger number of their country cousins. Billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra symbolises the deep divisions in the nation and the resulting large-scale street violence that erupts in Bangkok from to time

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