The rope is tightening around the neck of Abhisit… he won’t be able to lie longer… or to continue to be ridiculed and duped by the thai generals.
CNN has put on line a new report and video (with new testimonies and a source within the thai military) about the boat people ordeal.
This report comes after the BBC and many others.
Bedraggled, hungry and dazed, the refugees arrived on the shores of Thailand after fleeing one of the most repressive governments in the world — the hard-line military regime in Myanmar, also known as Burma.
But a CNN investigation has uncovered evidence that for hundreds of Rohingya refugees — members of a Muslim minority group — abuse and abandonment at sea were what awaited them in Thailand, at the hands of Thai authorities. […]
The refugee, who identified himself as Iqbal Hussain, told CNN he was on one of six boats in a makeshift refugee fleet that arrived in Thailand in December.
He said all six boats with their refugee cargo were towed back out to sea in January, and five of the six boats sank. His boat made it back to shore, and he hid in the jungle for days until nearby villagers captured him.
In broken English and using sign language and drawings, he described what happened to the other men on the boats:
“All men dead,” he said, putting the number of dead at several hundred. […]
In Thailand, many instead have found deprivation and the possibility of desertion far off shore, according to the CNN investigation.
The source who provided CNN with photos of refugees in a boat being towed out to sea stressed that the Thai army had given the refugees food and water, but he also confirmed that the boats had been pulled for more than two days into international waters before they were set adrift.
His account directly contradicts briefings by senior Thai army sources who denied any such operation was undertaken.
A source in the Thai military, after extensive questioning, did confirm to CNN that the Thai army was operating a dump-at-sea policy. But the source defended it, insisting that each boatload of refugees was always given sufficient supplies of food and water. (CNN)
This sordid scandal is a terrible stain on Thailand (coming after many others)…
The thai military and state apparatus must stop thinking that they can do whatever they want, behind the back of the international community, and meanwhile selling to the same international community the “Land Of Smiles” fantasy.
Abhisit talked about “restoration of the rule of law“.
Enough of this unbearable hypocrisy !
You want to vomit ? Have a look a this paper… about the “wind”.
And another horrible report from a survivor (via Bangkok Pundit). Very precise, with a lot of details…(412 people on a single boat… without engine, 100 kg of rice, and 200 liters of water, 102 people rescued only)…