Mr Samart Loifah, the governor of Tak Province, sent shockwaves through the Burmese refugee camps when he told reporters earlier this week that Thai authorities had been discussing with Burmese officials the possibility of closing the border camps.
Mr. Loifah also speculated that Thai authorities would target Burmese pro-democracy opposition groups living on the Thai side of the border.
Mr Loifah’s statements were made after meetings were held between the two countries in an attempt to reopen the Mae Sot border crossing.
Burmese officials closed the Mae Sot Friendship Bridge in July 2010 in what many international and regional security analysts claim was an attempt to put the squeeze on local Mae Sot businesses to pressure the Thai government to crack down on pro-democracy groups based on the border. Continue reading “Tak Governor cranks up the pressure on Burmese refugees”