The Thai government says the Hmong at the Huay Nam Khao Camp in Petchabun province in the north had left Laos not for fear of persecution but for financial reasons. They entered Thailand illegally and could not claim political asylum, the government says.
On Monday, the Thai army put 448 Hmong on buses that were headed for Laos.
Many refused to leave peacefully, Army Col. Thana Jaruwat said on national television. If they did not comply, the army will have to 'enforce the law,' he said without elaborating."
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