Troubles in the South – March 2007


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

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

Dr. Has reports: Today [March 2], at 7.00 am, about 100 people of women and children wearing black cloth covering their faces gathered to protest and closed Petchakasem Road at Tasab Bridge, Mu 1, Amphur Muang, Yala. This was to demand the officers to release Mr. Nizeng Bara-arzae, 43 years old after he was "invited" to give testimony on the case of the bombing at a Caltex Gas Station at Inkayuthboriharn Camp, Pattani. According to the officers who invited Mr. Nizeng to testify, it is because that the officers thought that Mr. Nizeng might know and be involved in a bomb event at Caltex Gas Station on February 27.

After the protesters closed the road and demanded the release, Mr. Krisada Boonrat, deputy Yala governor came to negotiate with Mr. Nizeng's wife to take her to visit Mr. Nizeng, but the negotiation failed because the protesters wanted the officers to return Mr. Nizeng to his home. After more than three hours of negotiation, the female soldiers got very close to Mr. Nizeng's wife in order to take her to see her husband, but they failed because the leader of the protest refused and grabbed her so the officers could not take her away. Eventually soldiers were able to pull people away and break up the protest.


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


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


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


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


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

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