Newsbrief: Murderous Thai Drug War in Final Drive to be "Drug Free" 9/19/03

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Nearly 3,000 people were killed earlier this year in phase one of the Thai government's efforts to make the country "drug free" by December 2. After taking a short breather from that strenuous effort, Thai authorities are now set to begin the final phase, set to rid the country of the scourge of drugs before the king's birthday on December 5. The Thai government's final solution to widespread drug use and sales, particularly of methamphetamines and heroin, will commence October 2, the Bangkok Post reported.

Narcotics Control Board secretary-general Police Lt. Gen. Chidchai Wannasathit told the Post the crackdown would be "intense," with tough enforcement in all communities, schools, villages and factories. Anti-drug police continue to surveil big cities and the border with Burma, Wannasathit said, but added that earlier repression had made methamphetamine scarce and expensive.

Human rights groups, the United Nations and independent observers blame Thai police for the vast majority of deaths during the spring crackdown. Most were killed death-squad style after being revealed as drug users or sellers. Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra rejected any criticism of the campaign, and there is no sign his government has shifted in its lethal approach to illicit drug use and sales.

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