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169 corpses 'not red shirts'

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Rumours yesterday that 169 bodies buried in mass graves were that of missing red-shirt protesters didn't last long. 

Police cordon off a graveyard at Wat Klong Ta Kwa in Rayong’s Klang district, where 72 unidentified bodies were buried. SOMCHAI POOMLARD


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169 corpses 'not red shirts'

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The charity behind the burial of 169 unidentified people in Rayong has condemned suspicions that they may be the bodies of missing red shirts.

The Chumphon-based Buddha Pratheep Foundation had been holding the corpses until another foundation requested them to be transported for burial ahead of a mass cremation next year. They were buried at three temples in Rayong.

Buddha Pratheep rescue team head Thaweesak Longluerit refuted the suspicions over the identity of the corpses, saying that while the bodies were unidentified, the foundation knew where they had come from and could confirm they were not red shirts.

"It is a shame that this is being politicised, as this may tarnish the foundation's reputation," he said.

Local police initially approved the transfer of the bodies, but after getting a complaint, decided to inspect the mass graves.

Upon hearing of the police inspection of mass graves in Rayong, local members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) raised concerns the bodies may be those of red shirt protesters missing since last year's political violence.

With dozens of supporters still missing, red shirt leaders yesterday called for a thorough investigation into the graves to clear any doubts.

Mr Thaweesak said the corpses were sent from the foundation to three temples in Rayong at the request of the Phutthasat Songkroh foundation, which plans to hold a mass cremation for unidentified bodies next year.

Sa-nguan Nilrattanothai, president of the Buddha Prateep Foundation, said yesterday the transportation of the bodies had been reported to police and photos of the bodies taken.

Rescue workers from the Buddha Pratheep Foundation in Chumphon’s Lang Suan district show reporters around the charity’s cemetery, which houses hundreds of unidentified bodies. AMNART THONGDEE

The foundation said most of the bodies were Burmese immigrants who drowned during Typhoon Gay in 1989. The bodies had been kept because they were evidence for legal cases.

The foundation said it reported to Supoj Boonchooduang, then-chief of Lang Suan district police station, to arrange transportation of the bodies.

Pol Col Supoj, now chief of Sawi district police station, confirmed he had approved the transportation of the bodies last year.

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cordon off – stopped from entering an area by putting something such as a rope around it  กั้นด้วยเชือกหรือเครื่องกั้น
grave – a place in the ground where a dead person is buried หลุมศพ, หลุมฝังศพ
graveyard – an area of land, often near a temple or church, where people are buried สุสาน, ป่าช้า
unidentified – not known (who someone is) ซึ่งไม่สามารถระบุชื่อได้
buried – covered completely by something, in this case, soil ฝัง
corpse – a dead body ศพ
charity – an organisation to which you give money so that it can give money and help to people who are poor or ill, or who need advice and support กิจการกุศล, มูลนิธิ
burial – the act of putting a dead body into the ground, or the ceremony connected with this การฝังศพ
condemn – to criticise something or someone strongly ประนาม
suspicion – a feeling that something bad is probably true or likely to happen ความสงสัย
foundation – an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity มูลนิธิ
transport – to move people or things from one place to another   ขนส่ง
mass – large numbers จำนวนมาก
cremation – the burning of the body of a dead person  การเผาศพ
rescue – to save a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation ช่วยชีวิต
refute – to prove that something is wrong; to say that something is not true or fair  พิสูจน์ว่าไม่จริง, ปฏิเสธ
identity – who or what somebody/something is  ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
shame – a cause for feeling sad or disappointed น่าเสียดาย
politicise – to make something or someone political, or more involved in or conscious of political matters ทำให้เป็นการเมือง
tarnish – to spoil; to make people have a worse opinion of you than they did before ทำให้เสื่อมเสีย
reputation – the opinion people have about how good or bad someone or something is ชื่อเสียง
initially – at first ในเบื้องต้น
approve – to give official permission อนุมัต
transfer – to move someone or something from one place, vehicle, person or group to another ย้าย
complaint – when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory การร้องเรียน
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) – the group originally formed to demonstrate against the 2006 coup and which supported the Somchai Wongsawat government against the PAD and which led the fight against the Abhisit government. They are known for wearing red shirts แนวร่วมประชาธิปไตยต่อต้านเผด็จการแห่งชาต
concern – a worry ความกังวล
protester – someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc  ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง
violence – physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง
thorough – very complete อย่างละเอียดรอบคอบ
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
doubt – thinking that something is probably not true or that it probably does not exist ความสงสัย
cemetery – the area of ground where dead people are buried or their bodies or ashes are kept สุสาน
immigrant – a person who has come to a different country in order to live there permanently  ผู้อพยพ, คนย้ายถิ่น
drown – to sink under water and die จมน้ำ
typhoon – a tropical storm with strong winds that move in circles พายุไต้ฝุ่น
evidence – facts, signs or objects that make you believe that something is true หลักฐาน,ข้อแสดง
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
arrange – to plan or organise something in advance จัดเตรียม,  เตรียมการ

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