May 19, 2010 / 3:37 AM / 10 years ago

Thai crackdown may spark "guerrilla war"- Thaksin

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Exiled former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said on Wednesday he fears a crackdown on anti-government protesters could lead to guerrilla warfare across the country.

“There is a theory saying a military crackdown can spread resentment and these resentful people will become guerrillas,” Thaksin told Reuters in a telephone interview, declining to say where he was.

He also denied an accusation by a top aide of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva that he was the stumbling block for the failed talks between the government and the leaders of the “red shirt” movement.

Reporting by Nopporn Wong-Anan; editing by Bill Tarrant

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