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16 August 2012 :: 09:08:47 am 65697

Yellow Shirts Protest Former PM’s Presence in LA

A protest by Yellow Shirt Thai expats in Los Angeles forced former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to cancel a public speech to Red Shirt supporters on the eve of the Queen’s birthday. Mr. Thaksin has been visiting the U.S. for about a week.
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On August 14, a spokesman for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, law advisor Mr. Noppadon Pattama, said that Mr. Thaksin had canceled a public speech in LA because he wanted to avoid any trouble on the Queen’s birthday on August 12.

In honor of the Queen, Mr. Thaksin did not want any public conflicts between his Red Shirt supporters and the anti-Thaksin People’s Alliance for Democracy.

Mr. Thaksin took the advice of the Los Angeles police and avoided Red Shirt social gatherings in the city, Mr. Noppadon said. According to a media report, a crowd of 2,000 Yellow Shirt protesters had gathered outside the Thailand Plaza on LA’s Hollywood Boulevard, where Mr. Thaksin was to give a public speech.

His spokesman said Mr. Thaksin knew that some Yellow Shirt protestors had been arrested for violating American laws regarding peaceful assembly.

“There were some people willing to risk to be arrested to make a political issue,” Mr. Noppadon said. “However, certain actions such as throwing bottles ruined the image of the Yellow Shirts.”

Mr. Thaksin accepts the demonstrative actions of others as a “normal” part of politics, his spokesman said. “The former prime minister did not take (the protests) seriously, because there are more people who love him.”

Mr. Thaksin’s visit to the United States has been relatively free of problems, with only minor criticism from detractors, according to his spokesman. The former PM will stay in the U.S. a few more days before traveling to Korea and China. Mr. Thaksin does not expect any further trouble in America, he added.

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