Call from a southern militant - September 8, 2007
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On August 22, 2007 a person claiming to be a militant called an executive of [withheld] school three times. The first time was at 9:33 am, calling from Yala Rajabhat University. The second time was at 11:42 am, calling from a public telephone near the university. These locations for the origin of the call were confirmed by the telephone company. The first two calls were not answered as the school executive was at a meeting at Yala Charlie Hotel. The third call was at 2:49 pm. The conversation went as follows:
Militant: Are you [withheld]?
School director: Yes.
Militant: I heard that you've asked for troops at your school, haven't you?
School director: So what?
Militant: Here's a warning. If you did ask for troops at your school, you'll be in trouble. I know what car are you driving.
School director: I know where you are and who you are, too. (Believing the person he was talking to was a Rajabhat Yala University student.) You don't want me to ask for troops? So, will you assure the safety of my teachers?
Militant: I will.
School director: If you say so, I won't ask for troops at my school. But if you break your promise, I won't care about your warning. I didn't request any troops. It is just military policy.
(The school executive believes there were some spies at a meeting in Yala's Amphur Krong Pinang two months ago when he requested troops at a meeting.)
Earlier: Conversation with a southern separatist
Earlier: Deep South Diary - Another call from a southern separatist
Earlier: Editorial cartoon from the southern separatist
Buddhists suspected in Thai raids - The Washington Times, September 6, 2007
...Maj. Gen. Samret Srirai, the military commander in charge of security operations in the south, said an initial inquiry suspects Thais United is behind the shootings in Kolomudo. He noted that about a month after the attack, the national police chief ordered Gen. Phitak, the Thais United leader, to be transferred out of the region.
But Gen. Phitak, 56, may be too strong and popular to be sidelined. Hundreds of Thais United members took to the streets to protest his transfer, and he stayed put, saying his mission is to protect the region's Buddhist minority.
"We don't shoot innocent Muslims. We only shoot insurgents," he said. "They deserve to be killed..."
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