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About 5,000 troops armed with batons and shields were sent to a mountain camp in Huay Nam Khao, 300 km (186 miles) north of Bangkok to clear the 4,400 Hmong, who say they face oppression by Laos’ communist government if sent back.

There was no violence, said Thai Colonel Thana Charuvat, who is in charge of the repatriation. Some 300 Hmong who had initially refused to leave the camp had agreed to end their resistance after several hours of negotiations, he said.

Reporters were barred from the camp during the operation and no independent confirmation was immediately available.

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