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Thai Pro-Thaksin Group Appeals to International Criminal Court

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Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- A Thai protest movement aligned with ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra has asked the International Criminal Court to open an inquiry into a military crackdown last May that killed more than 80 demonstrators.

The United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, which occupied a Bangkok business district for six weeks last year to pressure Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva into calling an election, has accused the government of crimes against humanity for tactics used during the dispersal, according to a statement.

“We are appealing to international justice to put an end to Thai impunity,” said Thida Thawornseth, the group’s leader, in the statement put out by the office of Robert Amsterdam, a lawyer retained by Thaksin.

Abhisit ordered troops to disperse the group, known as the Red Shirts, after they rejected his offer for a November 2010 election. Thailand hasn’t recognized the ICC’s Rome Statute, which governs the court’s jurisdiction, according to the ICC website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Daniel Ten Kate in Bangkok at dtenkate@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg in Hong Kong at phirschberg@bloomberg.net

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