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Thais try soccer to ‘tame’ youths

Getting restless Muslim youths to watch more English Premier League soccer is the latest Thai Government initiative to quell an Islamic insurgency in the country’s south, a key government minister said yesterday. Under the plan, Thailand’s Interior Ministry will bear the cost of installing 500 television sets at community tea and coffee shops, where cable operators will televise every English Premier League match. The commentary and narration will be in Yawi, the dialect of Muslims living in the restive area. The ministry “will tame these young people, getting them to think of sports and watch the league on television rather than going out and killing people”, Interior Minister Kongsak Wanthana told reporters. Full Story

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