Troubles in the South – March-April 2007

Troubles in the South - March-April 2007
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Almost like being there: Burning a school - April 8, 2007
Mr. John reports: The officers investigated the cause of arson at Ban Pawan School, Mu 1, Tambon Bannangsata, Amphure Bunnangsata, Yala. The fire burned the two-floor school building which was all damaged. It was a school of Pratom 3-6 which was a school that studied with the aid of a satellite system. Ten televisions were also damaged.


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Wanted posters in Pattani - April 6, 2007
Monkey reports: Wanted: Pattani - The Pattani governor launches a poster to arrest persons in the picture and attach this at many organization places in Pattani such as banks, shopping centers, TAO Tambon Administration organizations, and tea shops. Those who give clues will get a 20,000 baht reward.


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Attacks in the Deep South - April 4, 2007
22:15 - We are just getting word of coordinated attacks in the south. So far:
- Three schools burned in Amphur Yaha, Yala Province
- Four schools and one health center burned in Amphur Bannangstar, Yala Province
- One school burned in Amphur Mayor, Pattani Province

22:49 - Separatists have left many burning tires on the road in Yaha

Women join front line in Thailand's south - The Age, March 23, 2007
[Thanks to Stuart for pointing this out.]

The Media in Thailand - ABS-CBN News, March, 2007
[Rarely have we seen a more clueless article on Thailand... This seems to be the future of journalism--where research and reporting entials Googling a subject. However, the author does blunder into an interesting comparison of press freedom between Thailand and the Phillipines.]
There seems to be martial law in Thailand. There are reports of corruption in Thailand. The new government officials are embarked on self-promotion to gain acceptance by the people who, one morning last year, woke up to find that a military coup had overturned their democratically elected prime minister. What I find interesting is that the government of Thailand has even been able to wiggle a new constitution through, and it looks like this document is about to be implemented – whether the Thai people like it or not...
Why such sober news report? Is it because, also in the news today, the government has set up a national committee to place controls on television, film, magazines, and websites to ensure a "safe and creative media." The government in our country announces that – the government in our country will be thrown out of power. Hello!...


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Almost like being there: Painting in the south - March 29, 2007
Mr. John reports: More than 180 youths in Yala join the project "Youth camp appreciate loving locality to reinforce unity." It is organized by the Yala municipality to conduct useful tasks for society and learn the role and duty of each person.


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(Photo: Mr. John for 2Bangkok.com)


Mysterious woman impels insurgents to fight against police and military officers - Komchadluek, March 24, 2007
The curfew in Amphur Yaha and Amphur Bannangsata, Yala province, which has been in effect since March 15, could apparently help ease the southern unrest. However, Mr. Methee Kanchanapawa, Bannangsata’s district chief discloses that insurgents are trying to find the military’s weak points to counter the curfew.
Mr. Methee added that what is needed in Amphur Bannangsata is to remove wrong beliefs which have been disseminated among the locals since 1989. It was disclosed that there was a woman knocking on doors every morning to tell the residents of that house that she was threatened by the authorities and that they should fight police officers, soldiers, nurses and doctors. The district chief admitted that removing such beliefs is a difficult task as people believe in them wholeheartedly.

Tengku Adnan: Southern Thailand still safe to visit - The Star, March 25, 2007
Malaysiams have nothing to fear when visiting southern Thailand. 
Reports of bombings and political instability have been blown out of proportion by the foreign media, said Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor after a meeting with Songkhla governor Dr Sondhi Tejanant.
" The bombings were isolated incidences. Southern Thailand remains a safe tourist destination..."

Items used in a blockade - Komchakleuk, March 22, 2007
Common property: Officials of three units of about 100 persons take the property that seized from blockades in more than 10 areas in Thambon Samakkee, Thambon Rueso, Narathiwat province. These items are shown to the media at Wat Ratsamosorn, Thambon Ruesor munisipality, Amphur Rueso on March 21.

Tak Bai relatives receive Bt42 million compensation - TNA. March 20, 2007

Thai security forces responsible for 'disappearances', rights group says - TNA, March 20, 2007
Thai Army's softer approach puts women in risky role - Houston Chronicle, March 20, 2007
..."Everyone will die. If we die for the country, it is a better thing," she said. "We owe gratitude to the land where we were born."

Muslims deny that Thai restaurants provide funding to insurgent terror - AP, March 18, 2007
Thailand insurgency may have links to the broader world of radical Islam - Associated Press, March 10, 2007


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Almost like being there: Burning a school - March 10, 2007
Dr. Has reports: At 19:00 the insurgents burned Ban Purong School, Amphur Krongpinang, Yala. THe school was slightly damaged. In the meantime they also burned another two school buildings in the area of Amphur Bannangsata--Ban Sakoo School and Ban Taopoon School. It was the second time these two schools were burned.


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(Photo: Dr. Has for 2Bangkok.com)

Almost like being there: Bomb in a planter - March 10, 2007
Dr. Has reports: At 7:05 am a bomb exploded in Ban Yala School, Mu 1, Tambon Yala, Amphur Muang Yala. This caused one soldier to be serious wounded--Seaman Tabsilp Khumnoi, 22-years-old. He was taken to Yala Center Hospital. After the event, Pol. Maj. Gen. Paitoon Choochaiya , the commander of the police of Yala brought officers from the expert unit, zone 45 of Yala, to investigate. The investigation found that the insurgents put a remote control bomb in a planter
(below). Then soldiers came by to check Ban Yala School. They sat down to boil water for making coffee near the planter. The insurgents then set off the bomb.


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Almost like being there: Pattani celebration - March 6, 2007
Monkey reports: The atmosphere of Chao Mae Lim Kor Niew cerebration in Pattani from March 1-7, 2007. Pattani Province and Pattani Municipality organized a light and sound festival along the Pattani River. Pranai Suwanrat, Director of SBPAC, and Panu Suwanrat, Pattani Governor, join to be the chairpersons of this opening cerebration. There were three cultural foods that many foreigners, Thai tourists and Thai Chinese ate along the two banks of the Pattani River. This event had heavy security and officers were worried there might be trouble from the unrest, but everything was all right.


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Thailand: ‘A long struggle against Muslim unrest’ - Monday Morning, March 5, 2007
...“Progress will be painfully slow,” he added. “We cannot see the results in three to four months because the painful feeling of southern people in the past four to five years runs deep”...

Almost like being there: Protest in the deep south - March 2, 2007


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Almost like being there: Militaries work for the mobile doctor unit - March 2, 2007
Monkey reports: At the beginning of February and in March 2007, the special military unit in the area cooperates with the public health officers in Thambon to go out with the mobile doctor unit to help and treat the original nursing for people in area of Amphur Yaring, Pattani including service on hair cut and counseling for people in the three southern provinces.
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