26 October 2004

Thai PM not winning any friends

New York Times: Thailand Acknowledges Prisoner Deaths During Transit: BANGKOK, Oct. 25 - 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.

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.'

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