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Abhisit: Soldiers 'defended themselves'

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SINGAPORE - Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said in an interview Monday that soldiers acted in self-defence when setting up live-fire zones around a protest site in 2010, as he fights murder charges over a crackdown that killed more than 90 people. 

Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjijiva, in a screen grab made from his interview in Singapore with Bloomberg Television, said murder charges are just "political retribution".

"It was clear that the military never took aggressive action," Mr Abhisit said Monday in an interview. "We didn't even allow them to go in to disperse the protests in the main protest site. All they were doing was setting up barriers to cordon off the protests. And these checkpoints were being attacked, and they were defending themselves."

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