US Marijuana Party

Monday, April 11, 2005

Thailand launches third campaign against drugs

Thailand's Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, has launched a third campaign against drugs, despite an avalanche of criticism after more than 2,500 people were killed in his first war on drugs in 2003.

Mr Thaksin has launched the three-month campaign at police headquarters in Bangkok, asking authorities to focus on the country's bars and nightclubs in big cities.

Mr Thaksin's 2003 war on drugs left an estimated 2,894 people dead nationwide.

The killings were widely criticised by human right activists.

Police have insisted that only 72 people were killed by security forces, and that 1,329 of the deaths were related to drugs.

The second round of the war on drugs was in 2004, but authorities have not revealed how many people were killed during that crackdown.


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