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Monday, March 17, 2008

Samak Lets the Dogs Out

Laos, Thailand Crisis: Samak Orders Dogs to Attack Hmong

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On February 27, 2008, Thai Third Army attack dogs were reportedly ordered by Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to maul a group of Hmong refugees prior to their forced repatriation back to the communist regime in Laos that they fled according to the Washington, DC-based Center for Public Policy Analysis and Lao Hmong human rights organizations.


On February 27, 2008, Thai Third Army attack dogs were reportedly ordered by Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to maul a group of Hmong refugees prior to their forced repatriation back to the communist regime in Laos that they fled, according to sources in Thailand, refugee camp sources, and multiple Lao Hmong families and community leaders in the United States with family in the detention center.


“Reliable and multiple eyewitness sources in Thailand have reported that Thai military officials, at the apparent direct order of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, in preparation for his upcoming trip to Laos, used teams of military attack dogs led by armed soldiers to intimidate and maul some 12-13 Lao-Hmong refugees at Ban Huay Nam Khao detention center as brutal preparation before forcing them back to the Communist regime,” stated Philip Smith, Executive Director, of the Center for Public Policy Analysis, in Washington, D.C.

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A coalition of Lao and Hmong organizations in the United States has emerged to condemned these brutal attacks at the Lao Hmong refugee detention camp at Ban Huay Nam Khao, Petchanbun Province,” Smith stated. “Members of the U.S. Congress are frankly outraged and emerging to seek to take action to address these matters in coming days and weeks and they do not approve of Prime Minister Samak’s apparent brutal and horrific actions in mistreating these defenseless refugees along with Thai Third Army officials and their attack dogs,” Smith continued; Samak’s trip to Laos, and reputation in Washington, may have been seriously damaged by this terrible and unnecessary incident because America and the King of Thailand have historically cared deeply about the plight of the suffering Lao and highland Hmong people, especially those who served with the United States during the Vietnam War.”


“Thai army dogs mauling and sadistically attacking defenseless Lao Hmong refugees while Thai soldiers watched, prior to them being forced back to Laos, is not a good first step for Prime Minister Samak’s visit to Laos or his profile in Washington ,” Smith stated.



Read the rest of this horrifying story here.

Sucking up to Burma and carrying their water for them(read here) and now this. Disgraceful.

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jutta said...

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