Latest Deportation, Disappearances Rattle Thai Dissident Diaspora

Bangkok – Yammy and her friends sleep in shifts. They venture out of the house they share only every few days to stock up on food, and have stopped their live webcasts so as not to give away their location.

Together they comprise the band Faiyen, Cold Fire, whose blistering lyrics bashing Thailand’s constitutional monarchy and military government have put them at dangerous odds with the country’s ruling junta.

Like the dozens of other Thai dissidents who have exiled themselves to Laos in recent years for fear of attack or arrest back home, the forced repatriation and disappearance of four fellow Thai activists in recent weeks have left them rattled.

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