Cameron urged not to holiday in Thailand

by Emily DUNBAR on November 10, 2010

David Cameron is meeting with pressure to cancel a scheduled family holiday to Thailand at Christmas amidst concern that the move will support the current government’s supposed human rights abuses.

While Downing Street made no official statement saying the Prime Minister would spend the Christmas holiday in Thailand, it is being seen as the wrong message to send should he opt to vacation in the popular UK holiday spot. Particularly, opponents have cited the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, known as the Red Shirts, as requesting support from the British to back their claims of abuse that were handed over to the International Criminal court in October.

The protest group has highlighted the violent clashes earlier in the year with government troops, which led to the deaths of 90 demonstrators. Hundreds more were injured during the political chaos when Thailand’s current administration ordered troops to use physical force to end the protests.

Without directly supporting the Red Shirts, labour MP Jeremy Corbyn did say that Mr Cameron should be cautious about the message he could send by holidaying there. Both Mr Cameron and Thailand’s current Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva attended Eton together as schoolmates. It has been speculated that this could be the motivation behind Mr Cameron’s holiday to the Southeast Asian country.

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Jeff November 11, 2010 at 5:57 am

Mr Corbyn should have commented on Cameron going to China one of the most oppressive regimes in the world. Ah! but he’s a left wing selective memory clown. Believe it or not Thailand is a much freer than the UK.

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