Thailand deports 163 Hmong back to Laos

Thailand deported 163 ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers to Laos on Saturday. The deportations come after one of the most prominent Hmong exiles, former guerrilla leader Vang Pao, was charged in U.S. federal court in Calfornia last Monday with plotting to overthrow Laos’ communist government. Vang Pao, 77, led CIA-backed Hmong forces as a general in the Royal Army of Laos in the 1960s and 1970s. After he emigrated to the U.S. around 1975, he pledged to lead his people back to a free, democratic Laos. Full Story

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