Isoc denies foreign forces in Thailand

The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) on Thursday rejected a claim by anti-government protesters that foreigners who were now bearing arms against them had entered the country via the Cambodian border.

The Burapha and Suranaree task forces had checked movements across the border for the past three months, acting on orders from army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, and found no evidence to support the claim, Isoc spokesman Col Banpot Poonpien said.


He did not deny that armed foreigners could sneak into the country in many areas because of the long porous nature of the border. The Burapha task force mans security areas on the border with Cambodia in eastern provinces, and the Suranaree Task Force is responsible for the northeastern border.


Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban of the People's Democratic Reform Committee has alleged that a special force from Cambodia had been brought in to attack demonstrators.


Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong dismissed the claims on Tuesday and said the Cambodians were in Thailand for work and business.


A member of the Thai navy top brass, Rear Admiral Winai Klom-in, alleged on Jan 21 that Cambodians have been smuggled into Thailand to carry out violent attacks on anti-government protesters - similar, he said, to what happened prior to the red-shirt turmoil in Bangkok mid-2010.


Rear Admiral Winai, commander of the Navy’s Naval Special Warfare Command, was reported as saying 10 vans carrying Cambodians entered Thailand through the eastern border that Monday night.  


There were also unconfirmed media reports that Cambodian-speaking men with no IDs had been blocked by protesters from entering the Wat Sri-iam polling station in Bang Na area on Jan 26, before the fatal shooting of Sutin Tharatin. 


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Discussion 1 : 31/01/2014 at 07:30 AM
Expose it, prove it. There are enough people in Thailand willing to cause trouble.
Discussion 2 : 30/01/2014 at 05:05 PM
Hundreds of thousands of tons of rice has been smuggled into Thailand from both Cambodia and Burma according to international news reports. The Thai goverment has apparently bought every grain of it but since they bought it without paying for it they actually got a good deal. If hundreds of thousands of tons of anything can be smuggled into Thailand undetected, it is no stretch of the imagination that some foreigners are getting across undetected too. We read reports of drugs being intercepted coming across borders into Thailand. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Will a border guard attempt to stop entry of anything he is paid to ignore?
Discussion 3 : 30/01/2014 at 05:01 PM
not seeing his reasons for bringing in Foreign troops the Thais are quite capable of using weapons against each other. We read it in this paper on a daily basis and even if it is foreign troops doing the fighting the PT will be blamed anyway so defeats object of using foreigners to fight

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