• Reuters


From self-imposed exile, the influential leader of Thailand’s rural red shirt opposition movement has delivered a simple message to followers chafing at the military junta’s iron rule: lay low for now, don’t panic, “play dead.”

Billionaire former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, longtime political leader of the north’s disenfranchised electorate, is watching events at home closely and urging patience from those who want to see his allies return to power.

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