02 Jul '11, 10am

Thai red shirts see poll win, return of "saviour" Thaksin

UDON THANI, Thailand, July 2 (Reuters) - Red shirt supporters of exiled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra believe they will win Sunday's election, which will return their "saviour" and improve their lives. But they also fear they will be cheated out of office and warn of a new wave of protests across Thailand if that is the case, triggering memories of last year's demonstrations in Bangkok which were put down by the military in a crackdown in which 91 people were killed. Thaksin is a divisive figure in Thailand, scoring landslide election wins in 2001 and 2005 only to be ousted in a 2006 military coup. In the heart of red shirt territory in Thailand's northeast, in the rice paddies, village stores and towns, there is an overwhelming confidence that Thaksin's Puea Thai party will easily win the majority of votes and, hopefully, the majority of seats. But in Thailand that ma...

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