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'Red shirts' could rally to back beleaguered Thai PM

Updated: 2013-12-12 08:16
By Agencies in Bangkok, Thailand ( China Daily)

The red-shirted supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Wednesday they could take to the streets to protect the government from protesters who have forced her to call a snap election.

The warning by the "red shirts" highlights the risks ahead as anti-government protesters continue pushing to eradicate the political influence of Yingluck's brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thaksin is a hero in the rural north and northeast who was toppled by the military in 2006 and now lives in self-imposed exile to avoid jail for abuse of power charges that he says were politically motivated.

'Red shirts' could rally to back beleaguered Thai PM