09 January 2005
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced last month that anyone selling VCDs containing footage of the 'Tak Bai incident' would be prosecuted. On 25th October last year, more than 1,000 Muslim protesters were rounded up by the army and taken to a military camp. The men were forced to lie on top of each other for five hours while they were being transported, resulting in seventy-eight protesters dying of suffocation. Footage of the incident was not broadcast by state television, though it has been circulating on VCD. Same Sky magazine (volume 2, number 4; October-December 2004) distributed a Tak Bai VCD last year, which shows the amy firing at the protesters.