A faded missing poster clings to a palm tree near a destroyed hotel along the beachfront in Khao Lak, Thailand.

Tsunami Relatives: No Ministers at Memorial Ceremonies

Relatives of the Swedish victims of December’s tsunami have said loudly and clearly that they do not want politicians to be present at planned memorial ceremonies in Thailand.

Honouring their wishes, Swedish politicians will stay at home. Sweden is arranging three memorial ceremonies for survivors and relatives and some 500 people have already said they will take part.

The Swedish government was heavily criticised for failing to move quickly when news of the disaster first became known.

One relative wrote in a discussion forum: ”Politicians were not there when it happened, so they can stay at home now.”

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