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Former Thai PM's lawyer condemns crackdown

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Thailand's authorities have put the capital Bangkok under curfew after red-shirt protest leaders surrendered to troops storming their barricades.

More than 20 fires have been burning across the city of 15 million and pockets of resistance have remained, despite pleas from protest leaders to go home.

The government has ordered television channels to broadcast only officially sanctioned programmes.

The red-shirts are a loose coalition of left-wing activists, democracy campaigners and mainly rural supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Robert Amsterdam, a lawyer for Mr Shinawatra, spoke to Radio 4's Eddie Mair about the government's crackdown.

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