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Mass Killing at Thai Preschool Prompts Calls for Drug Crackdown

  • Killer was dismissed from police force following drug arrest
  • Former premier Thaksin calls for more steps to suppress drugs
Mourners lay floral tributes outside Young Children’s Development Center in Nong Bua Lamphu, Thailand, on Oct. 7.
Mourners lay floral tributes outside Young Children’s Development Center in Nong Bua Lamphu, Thailand, on Oct. 7.Photographer: Sirachai Arunrugstichai/Getty Images

A day after a former cop involved with drugs went on a killing spree in Thailand that left two dozen pre-schoolers dead, calls are mounting for a national crackdown on the cartels that traffic billions of dollars of illicit substances a year.

Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra urged the government to “speed up the suppression of drugs, especially methamphetamine tablets.” The former prime minister, who is in self-imposed exile, led a yearslong anti-drugs war in the early 2000s in which about 2,500 people were killed.