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Ex-Thai PM asked about deadly crackdown

Aug. 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM   |   Comments

BANGKOK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was questioned Monday about a 2010 crackdown on anti-government protesters that left 91 people dead.

Suthep Thaugsuban, who served as deputy premier in the Abhisit government, was questioned by Thailand's Department of Special Investigation, MCOT online news reported.

Red Shirt protesters and their United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship party rallied in support of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in April and May of 2010, demanding the reinstatement of Thaksin, who was overthrown by the military in 2006 over corruption allegations.

The demonstrations turned violent as the army eventually moved in to clear the streets.

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