British Bangkok protester worked for Queen

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A Briton arrested in Thailand for joining in violent street protests used to work for Queen Elizabeth II's royal household, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday.

Jeff Savage, 49, was one of two foreigners arrested in Bangkok last month amid the anti-government "Red Shirt" movement protests.

He was arrested and charged with breaching emergency law, an offence which carries up to two years imprisonment.

"He worked between 1993 and 1998 for the royal household," a Buckingham Palace spokesman told AFP, but would not comment further.

The Daily Mail newspaper said Savage had been employed as a general porter at the Palace, Queen Elizabeth II's official residence.

It said his duties included preparing state rooms for official functions, such as banquets and investitures.

Savage has been accused by the Thai government of inciting protesters to set fire to a major shopping mall, Central World.

He was seen on a video clip saying of Central World: "We're going to loot everything, gold, watches, everything, and then we're gonna burn it to the ground."

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