South Thailand: Muslim Insurgency

After Danok blasts: More bombs go off in South Thailand!


 

In the 14 years since the renewal of the insurgency, there have been 15,164 violent incidents according to one count.

(https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/the-slow-burning-insurgency-in-thailands-deep-south/)

The conflict has killed about 7,000 people since 2004, according to Deep South Watch.

(https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/attacks-thailand-deep-south-190120233033431.html)

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The three provinces that make up the “Deep South” were colonized by Buddhist-majority Thailand over a century ago.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/six-thai-rangers-killed-in-ambush-in-restive-south

You can expect more bombs to go off in South Thailand! And shootings…

19 January 201

(New York) – Separatist insurgents in Thailand’s southern border provinces killed two Buddhist monks in an unlawful assault on a temple, Human Rights Watch said today. The deliberate attack on civilians and a place of worship is a war crime.

On January 18, 2019, at about 8:30 p.m., a group of apparent ethnic Malay insurgents attacked Wat Rattananupab temple in Su Ngai Padi district of Narathiwat province, killing two Buddhist monks and wounding two others. Witnesses told Human Rights Watch they saw armed men arrive on motorcycles, open fire with assault rifles at the temple, and then storm inside and shoot the monks at point-blank range. Among those killed was the temple’s abbot, Phra Khru Prachote Rattananurak (real name, Sawang Vethmaha).

“The ghastly attack on Buddhist monks by insurgents in Thailand’s deep south is morally reprehensible and a war crime, and those responsible should be held to account,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “The insurgents’ 15-year campaign of deliberately attacking Buddhist and Muslim civilians can’t be justified.”

The attack followed a pattern consistent with other insurgent attacks, and heightened fears in Su Ngai Padi district and other parts of the four southern border provinces. Thai authorities have instructed all Buddhist monks in Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, and Songkhla provinces to stay inside temples and cease their daily morning routine of collecting alms.

Since the outbreak of armed insurgency in January 2004, Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) insurgents have targeted Buddhist temples and monks, which they consider emblematic of the Thai Buddhist state’s occupation of ethnic Malay Muslim territory. At least 23 monks have been killed and more than 20 wounded. The insurgents have also targeted security personnel assigned to provide monks safe passage to and from the temples.
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Despite a peace dialogue between the Thai government and separatist groups under the umbrella of Majlis Syura Patani (Mara Patani), BRN insurgents have not ceased attacks on civilian targets.

Thai government security forces and militias have also committed numerous violations of the laws of war and international human rights law against Malay Muslim civilians and suspected BRN members. Extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and torture cannot be justified as reprisals for insurgent attacks.

The situation has been exacerbated by an entrenched culture of impunity for abuses by officials in the southern border provinces. The government has not successfully prosecuted any officials for crimes against ethnic Malay Muslims alleged to be involved in the insurgency. Human rights defenders and lawyers have faced intimidation, threats, and criminal libel charges after alleging abuses by Thai security forces.

“Both Muslims and Buddhists in southern Thailand are caught in the cycle of abuses and reprisals by insurgents and Thai security forces,” Adams said. “The Thai government needs to prosecute the atrocities by its own forces as well as those by the insurgents if this horrific violence is to stop.”

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/19/thailand-insurgents-kill-buddhist-monks

Burst of violence deepens concerns the situation in the conflict-hit region could deteriorate in the coming months.

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Attacks in Thailand's deep south: Who, why and what's next?

 

Bangkok, Thailand – In the latest of a series of fatal attacks in Thailand’s southernmost provinces, a group of assault rifle-wielding attackers on Friday stormed a Buddhist temple, killing two monks and wounding two others.

The evening assault took place at Wat Rattananupab temple in Su Ngai Padi district of Narathiwat province, an area located in the heart of Thailand’s deep south where ethnic Malay separatists have been waging an armed campaign for independence for decades.

According to local reports, the attacker rolled up on motorcycles spraying the entrance to the temple before sprinting inside to target the Buddhist monks up close.

Among those killed was the temple’s abbot, Sawang Vethmaha, also known as Phra Khru Prachote.
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Earlier this month, on January 8, separatists orchestrated two different assaults on the same day.

The first attack was aimed at a school and a hospital, wounding a 12-year-old student and a soldier standing guard at the school.

The second assault occurred when a car bomb rocked Songkhla province’s Thepa district, wounding a police medic.

What’s behind this latest wave of attacks?

Sunai Phasuk, senior researcher on Thailand in HRW’s Asia division, told Al Jazeera the latest burst of violence is likely a response to a recent assassination of a purported BRN leader. Doloh Sarai, 62, was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen while riding home on a motorcycle in Narathiwat’s Rue Soh district.

“Thai authorities alleged that he was a BRN leader,” Phasuk said, adding that Sarai had previously been arrested on security charges.
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It’s also becoming clear that fighters in the mainly-Muslim south are losing patience with Thailand’s military government, according to Zach Abuza, a specialist on the conflict and professor at National War College in Washington, DC.

He said the BRN is frustrated that Thailand’s military government has refused to make any compromises, particularly after progress in 2013 when the last democratically elected government appeared to be willing to finally grant them concessions, including language reforms and general amnesties.

“The army said that the talks broke down because of the political protests and stasis that began in the fall of 2013, leading to the May 2014 coup, but the reality is the army had already put the kibosh on the talks,” Abuza told Al Jazeera.

“The junta has kept the talks open, but they do not negotiate in earnest.”
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The military and local police are bracing for more attacks raising security measures in preparation.

“The Thai state can help break this vicious cycle of deadly retaliation by ending the use of extrajudicial tactics in counterinsurgency operations and hold abusive troops accountable for their crimes,” Phasuk said.

The conflict has killed about 7,000 people since 2004, according to Deep South Watch.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/attacks-thailand-deep-south-190120233033431.html

25 October 2018

Malaysia’s new leader Mahathir Mohamad met his Thai counterpart on Wednesday in his first visit to his northern neighbour, pledging his help to bring peace in Thailand’s violence-scarred south.

Thailand’s mainly Muslim southern region bordering Malaysia has been in the grips of a low-level but bloody insurgency for more than a decade, as ethnic Malay militants battle the Buddhist-majority state for greater autonomy.

The insurgency has seen almost 7,000 people — mostly civilians — killed since 2004, although the death toll in 2017 was the lowest in 13 years amid a tighter security operation.

Malaysia has long acted as a facilitator for brokering peace talks between the Thai government and Mara Patani, an umbrella group that claims to be the political wing of a shadowy network of rebel fighters clashing with state forces.

But the talks have stalled in the past year, and both countries recently appointed new representatives to lead the delicate negotiation process.

Mahathir met in the late afternoon with junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha in Bangkok, telling a press conference afterwards that working together to resolve the conflict was an “opportunity to display” the friendship between the neighbours.

“We have pledged to help in whatever way possible to end this violence in the south,” Mahathir said.

Resolving the years-long conflict would be in the best interests for both countries, as well as for the region, Prayut told reporters.

“The dialogue will resume immediately and Malaysia is the facilitator,” Prayut said.

“We both agree that this is Thailand’s domestic problem. Malaysia is willing to help so that the problems will be solved faster,” said Prayut.

https://ph.news.yahoo.com/deep-south-conflict-tops-agenda-malaysian-pm-visits-030920591.html

6 February 2018

 

The Slow Burning Insurgency in Thailand’s Deep South

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Thailand’s deep south is far different from the islands that put Thailand on the tourist map. Here, the muezzin is heard more frequently than music from bars. The insurgency which has been ongoing in earnest since 2004 has played out mostly in the three southernmost districts of the country — Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat — and occasionally the southern provinces of Songkhla.

The insurgency’s roots in the deep south date back to Thailand’s annexation and conquest of the Malay Sultanate of Patani. The Sultanate of Patani was formed in 1516 and had a tumultuous relationship with Siam, with the deep south of Thailand being formally annexed out of the northern Malay Peninsula after the Anglo-Siamese treaty in 1909. Following the annexation a series of heavy handed, forced assimilation measures stoked tensions and failed to take hold, leaving the area disenfranchised. By the mid-1950s, a separatist insurgency had begun to emerge and in 2004 it exploded, with several groups launching heavy attacks on civilians and Thai security forces.

However, over the last few years the situation in Thailand’s deep south has improved relatively speaking and the conflict is not as heavy as it used to be. These days, there is still tension on the streets but not as much as before. Soldiers with guns still line the streets in some places, armored vehicles are dotted around highways and there are many checkpoints, more so than elsewhere in Thailand by a large margin. But many checkpoints are unmanned now. Despite the slow process of peace talks, things were looking up as the violence continued to decrease.

But a recent event in Yala has worried those who were starting to feel optimistic.

In mid-January a motorcycle bomb killed three civilians, wounded many more and is continuing to have repercussions. The bomb, which has yet to be claimed by a group, is a stark reminder of the violence that rocked the region for years.

In the 14 years since the renewal of the insurgency, there have been 15,164 violent incidents according to one count. Out of the estimated 6,000 deaths caused by the violence in Thailand’s deep south, about 90 percent were civilians. It is then all too clear that the civilians have been affected by the insurgency the most, and have paid a higher price.

 

4 May  2017

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Thai security agencies on high alert following report from M’sia
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BANGKOK: Thai security agencies have been instructed to be on high alert and exercise close monitoring following a report that a Malaysian allegedly linked to the IS terrorist group had slipped into southern Thailand.

Defence Ministry spokesman Maj Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich, in a statement Wednesday night, said Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon had asked the country’s intelligence agencies to exchange information and verify the report.

“He (Prawit) assigned the Army Region 4 and the Royal Thai Police to be on high alert and to monitor the situation closely,” he said, adding that Thailand had yet to be informed by Malaysia on the report about a IS-linked individual having crossed over into southern Thailand.

http://www.nst.com.my/world/2017/05/236403/thai-security-agencies-high-alert-following-report-msia

28 April 2017

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The Fourth Region Army has ordered troops to hunt down attackers responsible for killing six rangers Thursday with a roadside bomb blast and ambush on their pickup patrol by gunmen in Chanae district of…
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Six Thai rangers killed in ambush in restive south

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BANGKOK (AFP) – Six Thai army rangers were killed in an ambush after a bomb hit their truck in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south on Thursday (April 27), police said, the latest suspected rebel attack to undermine stagnant peace talks.

The Muslim-majority border region has seethed with violence for over a decade as ethnic Malay insurgents battle the Buddhist-majority state for more autonomy.

Near-daily shooting and bomb attacks have claimed more than 6,800 lives since 2004, with both sides accused of rights abuses and atrocities.

In the latest violence on Thursday, an army patrol team was gunned down in Narathiwat province after their pickup truck was struck by a roadside explosive.

“After the car tipped over the road four (rangers) were shot dead at the scene,” said provincial police commander Manas Suksamas.

Two other rangers died at the hospital, he added.
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Thursday’s attack comes a day before the anniversary of a bloody 2004 army raid on a mosque in neighbouring Pattani province that left 32 insurgents dead and stoked the rebellion in the region.

Militants often time their attacks to strike around anniversaries and other symbolic events.

Earlier this month the most active insurgent group rejected peace talks organised by the ruling junta in a rare press statement.

The shadowy Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) is believed to be behind most of the violence in the region, although it never claims attacks and shuns publicity.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/six-thai-rangers-killed-in-ambush-in-restive-south

30 March 2016

Ambush in Narathiwat – three cops killed, six others injured

Three policemen were killed and six others injured in an ambush along a road in Narathiwat, southern Thailand this afternoon.

The 1pm incident occurred in Kampung Moh Sawa.

Narathiwat police chief Major-General Pattanawut Angkanawin said the victims were travelling in a pick-up vehicle and passing the village when it skidded towards a road-shoulder and struck a bomb which was planted there.

At that juncture, an armed group attacked them with grenades and fired shots in their direction, he told reporters today.

He said there was an exchange of gunfire when security forces arrived at the scene, before the assailants fled from the scene.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/335770

3 police killed, 6 wounded in Narathiwat ambush


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3 policemen killed and 6 injured in an ambush in Narathiwat

27 August 2015

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zzAwang Jabat (centre), chairman of Mara Pattani, the newly founded Muslim rebel group, poses for photos for the media along with other representatives at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 27. (AFP photo)

An umbrella group of Muslim rebels involved in the southern insurgency called Thursday for a resumption of stalled peace talks, but it was unclear whether the military would recognise them.

Representatives of Mara Pattani, which claims to speak for six of the insurgency’s leading rebel organisations, said they met Thai officials during exploratory talks in Malaysia this week.

“Our principle is to find a solution through peaceful dialogue,” Awang Jabat, the group’s chairman, told reporters during a briefing on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. “We hope we can bring the conflict to an end and promote a lasting peace.”

He said government and military representatives at this week’s dialogue were noncommittal, saying they had to consult with National Council for Peace and Order leaders.

But NCPO spokesman Werachon Sukhondhapatipak, in comments to AFP in Bangkok, appeared to cast doubt on a speedy resumption of peace talks.

“(The peace talks) are an issue for the security agencies. Don’t give any importance to brand new organisations,” he said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/671284/mara-pattani-calls-for-revived-peace-talks

Thailand rebels proclaim new umbrella group

KUALA LUMPUR: An umbrella group of six insurgent movements from southern Thailand made their existence officially known at a press conference in Malaysia on Thursday (Aug 27), two days after the group, MARA Patani or the Patani Consultative Council, met with Thai authorities in Kuala Lumpur for ongoing peace talks.

MARA Pattani was formed in March 2015, made up of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), three factions of the Patani Liberation Organisation (Pulo), the Gerakan Mujahideen Islam Patani (GMIP) and the Barisan Islam Pembebasan Patani (BIPP).

Both Thai authorities and the Thai Muslim insurgents are working toward establishing safe zones in the restive southern provinces of Thailand.

But MARA Patani has several demands including legal safeguards for Malay culture and Islam in Patani, for peace talks to be made part of the national agenda and for immunity for the negotiators.

Their top priority, however, is for there to be an avenue for people of the south to have self-determination.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thailand-rebels-proclaim/2080454.html?cid=twtcna

Fourteen wounded as rebels storm base in Thai south

14 wounded as rebels storm base in Thai south

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14 wounded as Malay-muslim rebels storm base in south

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Fourteen wounded as rebels storm base in Thai south

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from Agence France-Presse

Published on 31 Jul 2015

Bangkok, Thailand | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 – 05:34 GMT

Fourteen people were wounded in an attack Friday by suspected rebels wielding grenade launchers and automatic weapon in Thailand’s war-torn Muslim-majority south, officials said.

The early morning attack on village security volunteers, a local protection force armed by the state against the rebels, in Yala province left four seriously wounded, police told AFP.

“30-40 suspects attacked a base in Yaha district at around 1 am… they fired grenade launchers first, then M16 machine guns. It lasted for around 30 minutes,” Tanongsak Wangsupha, police commander of Yala, one of Thailand’s four southernmost states which have been roiled by the decade-long war.

“The rebels want to re-assert their power as now villagers are co-operating with state authorities,” he said, adding the security volunteers were Muslim.

The simmering conflict pits shadowy Malay Muslim rebels against security forces from Thailand, which annexed the region more than a century ago.

More than 6,400 people have been killed since 2004, the majority Buddhist and Muslim civilians targeted for their perceived support for the Thai state.

Rebels have said they want a level of autonomy for the region, which borders Malaysia, accusing Thailand of widespread rights abuses — including extrajudicial killings — and railroading the distinct local culture with forced assimilation schemes.

Tens of thousands of soldiers, police and paramilitaries enforce security across the impoverished South.

http://reliefweb.int/report/thailand/fourteen-wounded-rebels-storm-base-thai-south?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=Global+Crisis+Management+Community

Violence in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south has left thousands dead – the majority civilians – since 2004 across the southernmost provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala, which were annexed more than a century ago by Thailand.The provinces were once part of a Malay-Muslim sultanate until they were annexed by Thailand in 1902.

The violence has occasionally spilled into the nearby Songkhla province, thronged by tourists from neighbouring Malaysia.

Thailand distributes arms to villagers in the south to quell insurgency

BANGKOK (AFP) – The Thai authorities have distributed hundreds of assault rifles to village volunteers in the insurgency-battered south, in a move seemingly at odds with a pledge to find peace to a decade-long conflict within a year.

In response to a recent slew of shootings and bomb attacks on civilian “soft” targets, Thailand has vowed to protect locals while it seeks a firm date for a fresh round of peace talks with the publicity-shy but ruthless rebels.

Some 2,700 Heckler & Koch HK33 assault rifles have been distributed over the past two months to volunteers in the region, according to a spokesman for the Internal Operations Security Command (ISOC). “They need weapons for self-defence… they can’t fight with just wooden sticks,” ISOC spokesman Colonel Banphot Phunphien told AFP.

http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-east-asia/story/thailand-distributes-arms-villagers-the-south-quell-insurgency-20141

TODAY

Thailand vows peace in south within a year

BANGKOK — Thailand’s military government vowed yesterday to bring peace to the Muslim-dominated south within a year, despite stalled peace talks aimed at ending an insurgency that has cost thousands of lives in the past decade.

Sporadic violence has killed more than 5,700 people in Thailand’s Muslim-majority provinces bordering Malaysia, where resistance to Buddhist rule has existed for decades and resurfaced violently in January 2004.

In the latest violence last Friday, one woman was killed and at least two injured in separate bomb attacks launched by suspected militants at three restaurants in the Pattani province, the police said.

“We are doing all that we can. We will try to bring peace within a year,” Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told reporters.

http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/thailand-vows-peace-south-within-year

IT IS PATTANI’S TURN TO BE ATTACKED!

Jan 30
Two rangers killed in Pattani bomb blast | Bangkok Post: breakingnews

SunDaily

Suspected Muslim rebels blamed for bomb attack in Thai south

A Thai anti-government protester (C) takes cover after he aimed his gun and shot towards Thai pro-election protesters (not seen) during clashes in Bangkok on February 1, 2014. AFP
A Thai anti-government protester (C) takes cover after he aimed his gun and shot towards
Thai pro-election protesters (not seen) during clashes in Bangkok on February 1, 2014. AFP
A man helps a police officer to take cover as Thai anti-government protesters and Thai pro-election protesters clash in a gun fight and small home made explosive devices in Bangkok on February 1, 2014. AFP
A man helps a police officer to take cover as Thai anti-government protesters and Thai pro-election protesters clash in a gun fight and small home made explosive devices in Bangkok on February 1, 2014. AFP
An injured man, shot through the chest, lays on the ground as another takes cover behind a steel pole during aclashes between anti and pro-government supporters in the Lak Si area of Bangkok on February 1, 2014. AFP
An injured man, shot through the chest, lays on the ground as another takes cover behind a steel pole during aclashes between anti and pro-government supporters in the Lak Si area of Bangkok on February 1, 2014. AFP

Star

Sunday February 2, 2014 MYT 1:00:53 PM

Suspected Muslim rebels blamed for bomb attack in Thai south

PATTANI, Thailand (Reuters) – Suspected Muslim rebels in southern Thailand killed three soldiers and a district election official in a bomb attack on Sunday as a general election was being held around the country.

Police said the violence was not related to the election that has divided Thailand, with anti-government protesters and the main opposition Democrat Party opposing the vote.

Jatra Promkaew, an election official in Pattani province, was killed along with three soldiers after gunmen fired shots at a security checkpoint and set off three bombs, police said.

“Four people died in an attack carried out by a group of around 20 insurgents,” Pattani chief of police Phot Suaysuwan told Reuters. “The attack was related to ongoing violence in the southern provinces and unrelated to the election.”

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/World/2014/02/02/Suspected-Muslim-rebels-blamed-for-bomb-attack-in-Thai-south/

THE ATTACKS ON TEACHERS IN SOUTH THAILAND ARE CARRIED OUT BY BOTH SIDES!

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Five New Killings Bring Death Toll to 115 Since 2004

Muslim insurgents attack teachers
“In a sickening trend, separatist insurgents are increasingly attacking teachers, who they consider a symbol of government authority and Buddhist Thai culture,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “There is no excuse for such brutality.”

Brad Adams, Asia director

Muslim teachers are attacked
Over the past five years, there have been many reported assassinations of Muslim religious teachers (ustadz) and attacks on mosques and Muslim schools (ponoh). There have been no successful criminal investigations of these cases, leading many in the ethnic Malay Muslim population to conclude that the Thai government has been involved in a cover-up and has made it clear to the perpetrators that they can act without fear of punishment.

Thailand: Insurgents Target Teachers in South | Human Rights …

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Ms Yingluck’s visit was prompted by a rise in the number of deadly attacks against teachers in the troubled region.

Bangkok Post

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Teacher threat greets PM

Leaflets vowing to continue the insurgent war against teachers greeted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday on her visit to the far South.

The leaflets were distributed by insurgents prior to the prime minister’s arrival, reading: “This war isn’t over. Don’t count the teachers’ corpses just yet.”

Ms Yingluck’s visit was prompted by a rise in the number of deadly attacks against teachers in the troubled region.

Before her arrival in the South, the leaflets had been handed out in Chana, Thepha, Na Thawi, and Saba Yoi districts of Songkhla province, which border the three violence-plagued southern provinces of Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat.

The presence of the threatening flyers came as another blow to the morale of teachers who have been rattled by the recent murders of their peers, Boonsom Thongsiprai, chairman of the Teachers’ Federation of the Three Southern Border Provinces, said.

Two teachers, one a female school director in Mayo district of Pattani, were killed in the latest attack on Tuesday, prompting the confederation on Wednesday to announce that classes at 1,200 far South schools would be suspended for two days. The two deaths brought the number of teachers killed in southern violence to 157. Of this number, four were women.

In Pattani, Ms Yingluck held a closed-door meeting with 20 representatives of the teachers’ confederation at a hotel in Muang district. She said she would call a meeting with security officials today to work on improving security measures for teachers.

Teacher threat greets Thai PM

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2 killed, more than a dozen injured in train ambush in Thailand’s south on day of Obama visit

By Associated Press, Published: November 18

PATTANI, Thailand — Suspected insurgents have detonated an improvised bomb that derailed a train and killed two railway guards in Thailand’s south, hours before President Barack Obama visits the country.

PATTANI, Thailand — Suspected insurgents have detonated an improvised bomb that derailed a train and killed two railway guards in Thailand’s south

www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/2-killed-more… – Cached

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NST

22 May 2012 | Last updated at 12:32AM

Wear wig, be rich in Hat Yai

By Adie Suri Zulkefli | penang@nstp.com.my
IT was like carnival in the heart of Hat Yai as people wearing colourful exotic wigs thronged the Phachatipat Road for the “Wear Wig Be Rich” Festival 2012 recently.
Going the extra mile to add colour to the festival. Going the extra mile to add colour to the festival

Read more: Wear wig, be rich in Hat Yai – Northern – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/northern/wear-wig-be-rich-in-hat-yai-1.86289#ixzz1vhe3bJdl

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There had been no incident since the bomb blasts in Hatyai. Songkran, the Thai water festival, had passed without incident.

Now, suddenly, another incident of Muslim insurgency occurs!

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14 May 2012 | Last updated at 12:58PM

17 injured in Southern Thai bomb blast

BANGKOK: A total of 17 paramilitary volunteers and civilians were wounded during a Red Cross fair in Thailand’s far south in a Pattani’s explosion while seven others were injured after a grenade attack in another fair in Narathiwat, local media reported today.

For details, click on the link to the nst article…

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WHAT ARE THE MUSLIM INSURGENTS FIGHTING FOR?

….the essential cause of the continued violence is likely to be rooted in historical animosity generated by a Buddhist culture taking over, and administering under an often corrupt motif, an Islamic culture.

Some locals in the area support some kind of independence from Thailand; others clearly do not. The national referendum to support the junta-backed constitution for Thailand was favored by a majority in all three southernmost provinces and passed overwhelmingly in the southern region of Thailand, with 87% of the 3.7 million voters who participated there approving it.[12] Furthermore, while those in the insurgent groups support armed conflict, most Southern residents seem to want negotiation and compromise and the rule of law to return, along with an end to human rights abuses by both sides.

From Wikipedia

    South Thailand insurgency; The southern provinces of Thailand showing the Malay- Muslim majority areas … A striking aspect of the South Thailand insurgency is …
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Thailand_insurgency – Cached

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Muslim insurgency in Southern Thailand

Since the resurgence of insurgency in January 2004, over 11,000 violence-related incidents had taken place in the southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, which once were part of the independent sultanate of Pattani.
More than 5,200 people were killed and nearly 8,000 wounded during this period. — BERNAMA

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The police and military had increased patrols and  set up even more road blocks during the few days leading up to Songkran until the festival was over.

This didn’t do much for tourism. The number of foreign tourists, including Malaysians, fell to a trickle.

Of course, the Thai authorties were worried, so they introduced some measures to encourage tourism:

Free haircuts, movies on Thursday; Array of moves to woo tourists back to Songkhla; Rebuilding lives after bomb blasts; No stopping Kuala Lumpur

thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/5/8/north/… – Cached

THE Thai authorities are considering lowering the landing and parking fees for Malaysia Airlines’ short-haul carrier Firefly on its Subang-Haadyai route.

IMT-GT (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand – Golden Triangle) Work-ing Group on Tourism chairman Krit Prathanrasnikorn said this was among the moves mooted to boost the Songkhla province’s tourism industry following the bomb blast which killed three people including two Malaysians recently.

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For details on Songkran, the link below is relevant

Songkran (Thailand New Year): The Water Festival

Songkran 2012 / Thai New Year 2012

Songkran Festival or known as Thailand Water Festival, is the most important festival for Thai people. Celebrated as the traditional Thai New Year, Thai people sprinkle water on the elders in show of respect and pay respect to Buddha images.

Date of Songkran 2012
Songkran 2012 falls from Friday, 13 April 2012 to Sunday, 15 April 2012.

Songkran (Thailand New Year): The Water Festival. Songkran 2012 / Thai New Year 2012. Songkran Festival or known as Thailand Water Festival, is the most important …

sgholiday.com/calendar/songkranCached

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For reports on the bomb blasts in Hatyai and Songkhla, click on the links provided

YALA BOMB BLASTS, SONGKHLA HOTEL BLAZE INJURE HUNDREDS . Published: 1/04/2012 at 08:54 PM … Mitigation Department, said initial evidence suggested a possible car bomb. Songkhla

www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/286901/14-die-in-southern…

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