Opposition to Thailand coup simmers, ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra in "safe place"

May 25 2014, 21:08 IST
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SummaryFormer Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was in a "safe place" on Saturday after being held by the army following a coup, an aide said, as opposition to the takeover grew among her supporters and pro-democracy activists.

be a sustained mass campaign by Thaksin's "red shirt" loyalists.

Thaksin has not commented publicly since the coup.

The use of force to put down protesters could squander any legitimacy the military leaders may have after saying they took power in the first place to end violence and restore order.

A 2010 crackdown on Thaksin's supporters ended in serious bloodshed and damage to the army's image. Just over a year later a pro-Thaksin government was back in power after Yingluck's sweeping election victory.

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