The secrets as to why President Museveni and the ruling NRM government are not ready to leave any stone unturned regarding the fast spreading ‘People Power’ Movement have emerged.
It all started when Bobi Wine first trounced two Political strongmen, FDC founder Rtd Colonel Kiiza Besigye and President Museveni (NRM founder) and current chairman during the Kyadondo East by-election in which he won with landmark votes.
Bobi Wine soon made contacts with some international elites whose ideologies are far from nothing but closer to uprooting the 32-year-old regime from power.
Among whom was Robert Amsterdam, known for strategizing and commissioning international uprising.
Facilitating and supervising to the success the People Power-Red Ribbon movement is not any strange to him.
Robert Amsterdam was hired in May 2010 by former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to serve as international lawyer and adviser to the defense counsel of the “Red Shirts,” formal name the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship- UIDD in Thailand.
In that same year, Robert Amsterdam urged the international community not to tolerate the government’s violent crackdown on self-proclaimed peaceful protesters.
He also published a list of alleged human rights and international law violations committed during what he called the “Bangkok massacres”, same move he did recently with Mp Bobi Wine while in the US where he stage managed a number of international press briefings.
During the 2013-14 Thai political crisis, Amsterdam delivered a speech to a massive Red Shirt rally in Bangkok.
WHO IS AMSTERDAM:
Born in in 1956 in White Plains, New York and moved to Ottawa, Ontario in Canada at a young age where he grew up as a Canadian citizen.
Amsterdam was awarded a B.A.from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) in 1975 and a LL.B. from Queen’s University (Kingstong, Canada) in 1978.
Amsterdam is currently based in London, United Kingdom, while the firm continues to maintain an office in Washington DC.
Amsterdam was admitted to the Canadian Bar in 1980 and he is also admitted as a solicitor in London, United Kingdom.
Some of Amsterdam’s most well-known cases were related to early work in Africa and Latin America (well before his later Russia-related issues).
Amsterdam won a major international litigation on behalf of the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort Group in Venezuela, and he also worked the well-known Gutierrez case in Guatemala, which involved representing the victims of one of the country’s largest alleged tax fraud and money laundering schemes.
In 2003, Amsterdam was retained by the Russian company Yukos-Group MENATEP to defend former CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
In 2005, Khodorkovsky was sentenced to eight years in jail. On the night of the verdict, Amsterdam was accosted by plainclothes security agents in the middle of the night at his hotel room, who attempted to arrest him before he could call his colleagues in the media.