Two corpses flushed to a river in Thailand in December were the bodies of anti-government activists, the police said.
The bodies of the two persons – known under the pseudonyms Puchana and Kasalong – were found on December 27th and December 28th on the banks of the Mekong River, wrapped in brown sacks along with cement blocks.
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The actual names of the persons found were not immediately clear. However, officials said they were exiled activists who disappeared from their homes in Laos, where they fled to Thailand after they fled to safety.
A third person with whom the two disappeared and worked together, Surachai Danwattananusorn, is a well-known leader of the Red Shirts ̵
The disappearance of the three has aroused concern among other activists who were abducted by a death squad – either vigilantes or officially sanctioned.
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The Thai military announced that it would defend the monarchy's defense after a 2014 coup in power. However, disappearances and assassinations of political dissidents have been sporadic since the 1970s, when politicians and peasant and worker leaders aimed to remove a people's democracy after a military dictatorship was overthrown in 1973 by demonstrations.
At least two other Thai dissidents in Laos have done this disappear in recent years, but Thai officials denied any involvement and found that they had tried legal ways to extradite the suspects.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.