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Thaksin hits back over killings

Foreginers warned not to criticize his goverment

PATTANI: -- In a combative speech to the nation, Thailand's leader on Saturday warned foreigners not to criticize his government's crackdown on suspected Islamic militants this week that left more than 100 people dead after what many say was the use of excessive force.

"Please don't intervene. Please leave us alone," Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said in a radio speech.

"It is my job and we can cope with this matter.

"We are trying to explain this to foreigners. But if they do not understand or ignore our explanation, I don't care because we are not begging them for food," Thaksin said.

Thaksin's defiant words came as pressure mounted on his government to investigate the kingdom's worst carnage in recent times when security forces on Wednesday indiscriminately shot at waves of attackers in the Muslim dominated south of this predominantly Buddhist kingdom.

Police had earlier said 108 militants were killed, but Thaksin revised the figure to 107 on Saturday. Five security forces were also killed.

The Bangkok Post newspaper, quoting an unidentified source, reported Saturday that some of the militants were members of the al Qaeda linked Jemaah Islamiyah regional terror group.

It did not give any more details and the report could not be independently verified.

In Geneva, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights demanded Friday that Thailand investigate the killings, citing treaties that require security forces "to refrain from using force exceeding that strictly required by the exigencies of the situation."

International and local human rights groups have also called for investigations while Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand have warned their citizens not to travel to southern Thailand.

Malaysia has said it will receive Thai Muslim refugees fleeing the violence.

Wednesday's attacks pointed to a growing Islamic separatist movement that has been dormant for years until it became evident earlier this year with the torching of several schools and a raid on an army arsenal in which four soldiers were killed.

Since then, almost daily attacks by armed men on motorcycles had left 97 policemen, Buddhist civilians and other government officials dead in almost daily attacks until Wednesday, Thaksin said.

"We could not tolerate that any longer," he said.

Police said Friday they found Arabic language pamphlets calling for the creation of a Muslim homeland on some of the bodies of the dead militants.

"The incident has shown that the militants had clear intention to stock up fire arms for their separatist operations," national police chief Gen. Sunthorn Kraikwan said.

"This is a serious matter. It's a threat to national security," he said.

Details about those driving the insurgency were unclear.

But the government continued to play down the problem, calling foreign diplomats to a briefing to assure them about security in this Southeast Asian country that trades heavily on a reputation for peace and harmony to attract more than 10 million tourists a year.

Thaksin defended his security forces, saying they had no choice but to used the massive force to kill the militiamen.

"They stormed security outpost with fire arms, bombs and knives and machetes. They meant to rob guns and weapons," Thaksin said.

"The security forces could not sit idle and wait for the attackers to kill them," he said.

He acknowledged that the violence was the work of separatists, but said the militiamen themselves were unemployed and uneducated youth in the region, brainwashed by the masterminds.

Most of Thailand's 63 million people are Buddhists, but Muslims form the majority in several impoverished southern provinces near the border with mainly Muslim Malaysia and blame the central government for years of neglect.

A separatist movement flourished in the area for decades, but faded after a government amnesty before reviving this year.

A statement posted on the Internet Friday and attributed to the Pattani United Liberation Organization, a separatist group thought to be defunct since the early 1980s, urged all Muslims to rise up, and warned that the slayings by security forces will be paid "with blood and tears."

The statement also warned visitors to stay away from some of Thailand's most popular tourist sites in the south. It was not possible to verify the origins or veracity of the statement.

Thailand has poured more than 1,000 more troops in the south to join 2,500 soldiers already there to prevent more violence.

Police were also interrogating 17 detained militants to gather intelligence on the masterminds of the attacks.

--AP 2004-05-01

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"Please don't intervene. Please leave us alone," Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said in a radio speech.

"It is my job and we can cope with this matter.

"We are trying to explain this to foreigners. But if they do not understand or ignore our explanation, I don't care because we are not begging them for food," Thaksin said.

i think for once he's right, if you don't live in Thailand you wouldn't understand.

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I'm foreign :o So I'll go along with the "Thailand's leader on Saturday warned foreigners not to criticize his government's crackdown"

However, I will say this, judgement reserved on all things Toxic!

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i agree 200% with everything Toxin does

he is doing a fantastic job in running this country

he has not done one thing wrong in his government of this country

3 cheers for Toxin

arrrhhh - please sir can i have a free gold Privilege Card

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Thaksin hits back over killings

Foreginers warned not to criticize his govermentIn Geneva, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights demanded Friday that Thailand investigate the killings, citing treaties that require security forces "to refrain from using force exceeding that strictly required by the exigencies of the situation."

The attackers were armed with machine guns. What does the UN High Commissioner believe was an appropriate way to deal with them- give them a hug?

Not sure if any of the attackers were taken alive. If not then it's an opportunity missed to interrogate them- though I'm sure the UN High Commissioner would have opposed that too.

Cheers!

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I think it's always funny how the right wing members of this forum always have to reassure each other they they also believe in the same ideologies. I bet this thread will see another 20-30 useless posts saying "yes, good job, me too, hey look I can make a post on this forum..."

Thaksin's comment that "other countries should leave him alone" is like a cry baby who can't take any constructive criticism. His actions effect the world community that is dealing with Muslim discontent and killing 107 teenage boys in a mosque doesn't help.

I take no stand on whether this weeks actions are right or wrong. I live in bangkok and am too removed from the politics in the deep south to pretend that I know what I'm talking about but I have to say that the evidence and photos of the events in English and Thai news is verging on hilarious. Every dead boy had a machete in his hand and a red palestine like scarf around their neck. Thaksin said they were all drug addicts. Can you say orgy of evidence!! One paper was already busted of photoshopping weapons into the deads' hands and publishing the photos.

Thailand deserves to be investigated for human right abuses. Investigations do not mean guilty... that's the point of an investigation. To learn from mistakes. Anyone who is resistant to learning should not be PM.

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the thais are a proud and insular lot and do not take kindly to any kind of criticism,be it on a national level or a personal level, they are certainly not averse to receiving praise though and go out of their way to seek it.

a un human rights investigation is bound to come to the conclusion that the thais over-reacted, thats what the un do, they are useless,too many vested interests and not enough realists.

it was a thai matter and the thais reacted as they saw fit.

islamic militants do not respond to reasoned arguments or tolerance. they have their agenda.

in the same way that the jewish people were given israel, perhaps the way to deal with islamic radicalism would be to give them a land of their own where they can persecute women, amputate and behead at will and generally regress to the 8th century which is what they seem to want. i doubt if they could be accommodated in southern thailand, whatever they are offered ,it will never be enough.

they have discontent coursing through their veins, put there by religious teachers who are supported from who knows where.

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Don't take a yea vote or opinion in this forum, ask the Thais, it's their country and the Thais that I know think Thaksin's troops did correct in putting down this southern Muslim deal in the manner they did it.

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:oThailand deserves to be investigated for human right abuses. Investigations do not mean guilty... that's the point of an investigation. To learn from mistakes. Anyone who is resistant to learning should not be PM.

Does this mean, for example, that America's President should now be investigated after the recent publication of photographs from Iraq? or for that matter Israel's after it's latest actions. As someone wanting to live in peace in the LOS, do agree with Thaksin's actions!

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I agree with the attitude to fight islam fundamentalism, as they donot tolerate any other ideas abut how to live.

I love Thailand for their Buddhist tolerant attitude to other beliefs, attitudes etc.

But that does not mean I agree with just massacring a 110 young men armed with machetes and knifes by machine guns, as this only fill feed their hate to the Thai Buddhist sociaty.

But for sure I donot agree with Khun Taxin's refusal to accept any critisism from abroard.

"We are nog begging them for food?"?

What do you think, when the foreign world will treat the Thais as they do now to Myanmar: the richest country of Asia in 1948, but now a beggar ?

25 % of only western Tourists, 20 % of the new investments and just 15 % of all purchases swithing to Vietnam, and Thailand will go bankrupt.

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