PATTANI, Thailand – Grieving relatives sought loved ones among the dead in
Thailand’s restive Muslim south on Wednesday amid fears of a violent
backlash after almost 80 Muslim protesters suffocated to death in army
More than 300 relatives, many of them sobbing women, pored over lists of
the dead, alive and unidentified outside an army barracks in Pattani
province where more than 1,000 Muslim protesters are being held after
Monday’s violent demonstration.
“I came to pick up my dead nephew. I am sad for what has happened. I never
thought this would happen,” said a 58-year-old village chief from
Narathiwat province where the protest erupted.
His 21-year-old nephew was among 78 male protesters who died of suffocation
as they were taken in trucks from the scene of the protest in Narathiwat to
the barracks 100 km (62 miles) away.
Another six were killed at the demonstration — the worst violence since
April in the restive, mostly Muslim deep south of the predominantly