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Thai Group Vows to Fight Off Casinos

9 December 2003

BANGKOK,Thailand – As reported by the Straits Times: "The Campaign for Popular Democracy yesterday blasted the government's proposal to open casinos in the kingdom, saying it was contrary to Buddhism and a threat to society.

"The activists feared the social impact of legalising casinos, and vowed to fight any move to open them.

"Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced late last month that his government would hold a referendum early next year to determine whether casinos should be legalised in the kingdom.

"…Popular Democracy secretary-general Suriyasai Katasila told a press conference: 'We will fight to the end.'

"Casinos could lure people into gambling and leave their futures to a stroke of luck, said Mr Suriyasai.

"…An adviser to the group, Mr Pipop Thongchai, who also works for the Children Foundation, said legalising casinos was not the solution to the spread of illegal gambling dens…"

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