78 die of suffocation after Thai riot


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Thai soldiers apprehend hundreds of men after demonstrators clashed with police outside the Tak Bai police station in Thailand's Narathiwat Province, nearly 1150 km (715 miles) south of Bangkok in this picture taken October 25, 2004. Almost 80 people died of suffocation in southern Thailand while being taken to detention at a military barracks after a violent demonstration, a justice ministry official said on Tuesday. "We found no wounds on their bodies," an official, told a news conference in Pattani, a Provincial Capital south of Bangkok. He said the victims were among hundreds arrested after 1,500-strong rally was dispersed from outside a police station in Narathiwat province. Picture taken October 25, 2004.

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