Threat to revoke Thai citizenship

Threat to revoke Thai citizenship - Bangkok Post, August 29, 2003
This brief article about revoking Thai citizenship for ethnic Chinese indicates another radical change in policy towards drugs. Chinese villages in the area mentioned are dominated by descendants of the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party), which left China in 1949 after the Communists gained power. The 93rd regiment of the KMT first moved to Burma and fought for many years against the Burmese before moving to Thailand in the 1960s and being given refugee status. They were permitted to traffic drugs in the ensuring decades. Putting pressure on these groups signals a change in a decades-old policy of looking the other way in regards to the area's drug trafficking and probably indicates PM Thakin's confidence in dealing with those in power who have interests in the drug trade.

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