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Not a pleasant story but removing boat marine engines sounds far fetched they would be worn out dungers not worth any effort to salvage & easily decommisioned forever.
Posted by slickmelb on June 14, 2013 03:42
If this is true it makes me ashamed to be called the same as the navy personnel who did this, human. To beat people who are literally clinging on to life is beyond words. Are there no independant investigating bodies for the Thai Navy?
Posted by Donating Farang on June 14, 2013 12:57
There is no evidence, just the word of survivors. Sometimes there's confusion between the Navy and other arms of the military in Thailand. The Navy is saying nothing. In the past, the Navy has also never been able to say: ''It wasn't us, it was them.'' There certainly should be an independent investigation, but the powerful Thai military wouldn't stand for it. When boatpeople carry mobile telephones, we will get some interesting images.
The Royal Thai navy would never engage in such despicable behaviour and unless there is irrevocable proof of the opposite why should they then defend themselves ?
Posted by Sailor on June 14, 2013 17:52
We are admirers of the Thai Navy too but if villagers who have been working with the Navy to repel Rohingya say that boatpeople have been trafficked by the Navy and boatpeople say the same thing, the Navy - or the military - has some answers to provide. Denials greeted the claims of ''pushbacks'' in 2008-2009 but the denials were quickly proved to be false.
The Royal Thai navy is not an independent self financed institution that just decides to do things by itself, if indeed there were push backs or other repressive actions taken or being taken then look for the people that gave these orders and hold them responsible.
Posted by Sailor on June 15, 2013 08:02
Yes. but the human trafficking allegations are something else and those claims deserve a fullscale independent investigation, for the sake of the Navy and for the future of Thailand.
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