Thailand Acknowledges Prisoner Deaths During Transit

At least 78 people died from suffocation while being transported in overcrowded military trucks after a violent demonstration in Thailand’s largely Muslim south, government officials said today. Six others were shot to death and about 20 were wounded during the demonstration on Monday, when the police fired live rounds as well as water cannons and tear gas into wild, rock-throwing crowds, witnesses and officials said. It was the latest surge in violence in the increasingly restive region, where the government has opted for strong-arm measures to quell what seems a rising tide of anger and militancy. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra appeared to have little sympathy for the victims. Referring to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is now under way, he said: “This is typical. It’s about bodies made weak from fasting. Nobody hurt them.”Full Story

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