Army Tactics Anger Thai Muslims

October 31st, 2004  
Duty Honor Country

Topic: Army Tactics Anger Thai Muslims

Military's Response to Southern Insurgency Draws Accusations of Brutality

By Alan Sipress
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, October 31, 2004; Page A24

PONDOK HUMULANAH, Thailand -- Razee Dorloh, 22, left his house built on stilts near the riverbank on Monday morning without a word, his family recounted. He headed for the district police station to join a protest against the detention of six men for allegedly supporting a Muslim insurgency.

The last time Razee's brother, Nasae, saw the young man alive, Thai soldiers had opened fire on the estimated 2,000 demonstrators. "At the sound of shooting, everyone dropped to the ground. That's when I lost sight of Razee," said Nasae Dorloh, 30.

About 1,000 people were arrested at the protest, and 78 died when they were suffocated or crushed after being forced to lie atop one another in trucks on a five-hour drive to a military base. Razee's battered and bruised body was found by his family at the base in the town of Pattani the following day...