Tony Blair greeted by protesters in Thailand

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BlairWhen Ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Bangkok on September 1 to attend a conference on peace and reconciliation in the Thai capital organised by the government the following day, he faced hundreds of angry protesters who were enraged that he reportedly was being paid 20 million baht ($460,000) for his appearance.

Protesters carried banners saying “Get out Tony Blair’ and ‘Blair betrayed Britain’. The protest were held in front of the British embassy in Bangkok.

However, the Thai government denied paying Blair the amount, saying that just his airfare, accommodation and expenses were shouldered by the taxpayer, without giving a number.

At the conference “Uniting for the Future; Learning from each other’s experiences”, aimed at addressing political tensions in Thailand, Blair held a speech and outlined some principles for reconciliation, which he said could be appropriate to the situation in Thailand, as the country seeks ways to end its long and deep national divide.

He also cracked a joke pointing at his blue-coloured tie that would separate him from any red or yellow-wearing street protest groups in Thailand, missing the point that the yellow shirt movement has long disappeared from the scene.

Commentators said there way no big message from the event, partly due to the fact that the local opposition boycotted to attend and engage in discussion.

In 2009, Blair was paid the same sum for two 30-minute speeches he held in the Philippines. He is said to have earned some $22 million from appearing at conferences since the stepped down in 2007.

Other big names such as ex-US-presidents Bill Clinton or George W. Bush are reportedly charging just $150,000 per speech.

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When Ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Bangkok on September 1 to attend a conference on peace and reconciliation in the Thai capital organised by the government the following day, he faced hundreds of angry protesters who were enraged that he reportedly was being paid 20 million baht ($460,000) for his appearance.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

BlairWhen Ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Bangkok on September 1 to attend a conference on peace and reconciliation in the Thai capital organised by the government the following day, he faced hundreds of angry protesters who were enraged that he reportedly was being paid 20 million baht ($460,000) for his appearance.

Protesters carried banners saying “Get out Tony Blair’ and ‘Blair betrayed Britain’. The protest were held in front of the British embassy in Bangkok.

However, the Thai government denied paying Blair the amount, saying that just his airfare, accommodation and expenses were shouldered by the taxpayer, without giving a number.

At the conference “Uniting for the Future; Learning from each other’s experiences”, aimed at addressing political tensions in Thailand, Blair held a speech and outlined some principles for reconciliation, which he said could be appropriate to the situation in Thailand, as the country seeks ways to end its long and deep national divide.

He also cracked a joke pointing at his blue-coloured tie that would separate him from any red or yellow-wearing street protest groups in Thailand, missing the point that the yellow shirt movement has long disappeared from the scene.

Commentators said there way no big message from the event, partly due to the fact that the local opposition boycotted to attend and engage in discussion.

In 2009, Blair was paid the same sum for two 30-minute speeches he held in the Philippines. He is said to have earned some $22 million from appearing at conferences since the stepped down in 2007.

Other big names such as ex-US-presidents Bill Clinton or George W. Bush are reportedly charging just $150,000 per speech.

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