Thai Military Detains, Demands DNA Samples of Southern Students

Security officers detain five students from the Islam Wittaya Foundation (IVM) at a school in Phatthalung on the morning of 2 June 2015 (courtesy from Wartani).  

(Prachatai English)

BANGKOK – The Thai military detained five students without arrest warrants while carrying out a search and collected DNA samples from another group of students in the restive deep south.

According to Wartani, military and security officers from the Southern Border Provinces Police Operation Centre (SBPPOC) stormed into Darussalam Foundation School in Bang Kaew District of southern Phatthalung Province at around 10.20 am on Tuesday and detained five students without arrest warrants.

The five were senior students from the Islam Wittaya Foundation (IVM), who were organising a youth camp for university students in the deep south. They are natives of the southern province of Yala.

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