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Soldiers end weeks of protests intended to embarrass Thailand's government.
The movement’s de facto leader is Thaksin Shinawatra, a former businessman-turned-premier who was pushed out in a 2006 military coup. Tensions from his ouster still simmer among red shirts. His televised phone-ins have encouraged this all-out revolt.
But the faction’s leadership, and many of its faithful, say that Thaksin — now living in exile to escape corruption charges — should not define the struggle.
“This is not just about his survival,” said Jakrapob Penkair, one of the faction’s leaders. “His personality does not define our movement.”
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