A United States official visited a Red-Shirt Village in Udorn Tani on Thursday to make an inquiry pertaining to political ideologies and activities of the pro-Thaksin community.
Jessica Smith, currently attached to the US Embassy to Bangkok, traveled to the upper- northeastern province and were warmly welcomed by dozens of Red Shirt villagers in a suburban area.
Inside the village is a poster with a picture of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, viewed as spiritual leader of Red Shirt activists, and English phrases saying: Long Live the Thai and American Peoples. Long Live the Democracy.
Smith, a former education program specialist at the US Department of Education, met with Kwanchai Praipana, leader of a noted Club of People Who Love Udorn, the official name of the province's Red Shirt movement, and former foreign minister Prajuab Chaiyasan.
More than 300 villages in all districts of Udorn are known as a Red-Shirt Village. There were among those northeastern constituents who voted the Puea Thai Party in July's electoral contests which saw the pro-Thaksin camp sweep a landslide victory and become core of a coalition government headed by Thailand's first woman leader Yingluck Shinawatra, the yougest sister of the deposed premier.
Smith and other US embassy officials planned to visit the Red-Shirt Village elsewhere in other provinces to gather more information about the grassroot people's political attitudes and activities.
US Ambassador to Bangkok Kristie Kenney met with Yingluck, following the nationwide polls. Both agreed Thailand and the world superpower will continue to strengthen their time-honored relationships in varied bilateral areas.
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