Troubles in the South – October 2005

Troubles in the South - October 2005

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Almost like being there: Shooting on a Yala street - October 31, 2005
The motorcycle of
Pol. Sgt. Maj. Charoon Sakdarattanakul, 58 lies on a small Yala street that looks like any other street in Thailand. The policeman was shot in the chest and leg by two men on a motorcycle at 11:30am on October 31, 2005.
The policeman on the left takes a digital photo of a broken mobile phone. (TNA reports that the injured policeman was found "lying in a pool of blood," but the only blood we can see in the variety of photos of the scene we have is the small spot to the left of the "1" marker.)


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Almost like being there: Wat Takienthong - October 30, 2005
Monks inspect a burned-out truck at Wat Takienthong. Insurgents attacked the wat by burning monks' living quarters and vehicles.



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Almost like being there: Train derailment - October 27, 2005
Mr John writes: Here is the place where the bad guys planted bombs and derailed train no.454 from Nakornsrithammarat-Sungaikolok making the locomotive and for cars fall off the track. One villager was injured. A bomb made from a fire extinguisher made the track break.


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Almost like being there: Resisting the thieves - October 27, 2005
Mr John writes: Mr. Maruding Mazae, 45-years-old, from Amphur Muang Yala was at home when the bad guy tried to steal his gun, but he fought and was shot by the gun. He was sent to the Yala center hospital urgently. The police summarize the events of the day: the bad guys stole 37 guns in Yala province and stole six private guns. It is expected there were more than 50 bad guys. The Yala governor declared anyone who can give clues about the missing guns will get 10,000 baht per gun.


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Almost like being there: Bomb placed under a truck - October 26, 2005
Mr John writes: The police investigated the government car of Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Seri Hayiding, commander at Takbai, Narathiwat which exploded as he was driving from his house in Amphur Ruesor to the railway station. He was seriously injured and was sent to Narathiwat Rachanakarin Hospital.

Almost like being there: Inspecting the damage - October 19, 2005
Mr John writes: Mr. Suwat Lippatapunlop, Deputy PM went to investigate the temple where the bad guys burned and killed three persons (monks and followers) at Wat Promprasit Amphur Panarae, Pattani. The monks are afraid it will happen again, but the Deputy Prime Minister promised to adjust the plan for the safety of the southern temples.


One year anniversary of the Tak Bai incident - October 25, 2005
Tak Bai massacre leaves deep wounds in Thailand's deep South - October, 2005
..."I feel I am no longer a Thai because of this incident," said Fatima, whose 21 year-old-son was among the 78 men who suffocated to death on army trucks as they were taken from Tak Bai town to Pattani army camp a year ago...
Earlier: The Tak Bai VCD

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Almost like being there: Alms and bombs - October 22, 2005

Above: Taking alms in the Deep South

Right: A bomb planted in a pickup truck detonated inside the Yala provincial hall compound.

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Almost like being there: Views from the Deep South - October 27, 2005

Above - Dr Has writes: On October 14, 2005 Pol. Col. Narasak Chiengsook, Deputy Superintendent of Yala Province took his team to visit people at the Mosque of Raman and discuss the unrest. He said he wants people to take care so their children do not become the movement's tool. His team also gave provisions to cook with during Ramadan.


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Above - DR Has writes: On October 15, 2005, lots of people come to a market in Amphur Raman to buy finished food and sweets for the Ramadan month.


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Above and below - DR Has writes: On October 16, the Matha Foundation of Wanmuhamad Nor Matha invited people to join the Ramadan ceremony at the Mahat Foundation Meeting room. There were 600 people who came to participate. [Wanmuhamad Nor Matha, advisor to the PM, is perhaps the most prominent Thai-Muslim politician. Once a Democrat MP asked the Office of the Commission of Counter Corruption to investigate the Matha Foundation.]


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One year anniversary of the Tak Bai incident - October 25, 2005
Tak Bai massacre leaves deep wounds in Thailand's deep South - October, 2005
..."I feel I am no longer a Thai because of this incident," said Fatima, whose 21 year-old-son was among the 78 men who suffocated to death on army trucks as they were taken from Tak Bai town to Pattani army camp a year ago...
Earlier: The Tak Bai VCD

Bangkok losing grip on restive south - The Straits Times, October 25, 2005
...Prof Chaiwat warns that Thai nationalist sentiment being drummed up by events in the south is dangerous and could become difficult to control.
The NRC sees a need to teach the Thai public that the country's cultural diversity is a strength, not a liability, he said. But even commission members worry that the space for a peaceful approach keeps shrinking.
The military is readying an unspecified new strategy in the south, while dozens of security agencies continue to trip over each other there...

SIDELINES: A tempting final solution for the southern crisis - The Nation, October 23, 2005
[The Nation calls on Thaksin to step down.]
...This is a dilemma for the Thai people. The majority of poor folks in rural areas remain addicted to Thaksin's soft sell and gimmicks. The powerful propaganda machine continues perpetuating their blind faith.
The urban middle class and those in the know of political tricks are too afraid to risk their own interests and personal safety for the sake of the public good. They have seen that reprisals and punishment comes swiftly to those who stand up to the PM. The rule of law does not apply when dark influence reigns.
What is a reasonable solution then? Surely, there is no quick fix. The situation has deteriorated. There has been so much death, and there are so many bereaved families. It will continue to be like this as long as this question remains unanswered. But not all is lost. There is a tempting idea that has been raised but not yet tried: a change of leadership at the top. Thaksin should display his true patriotism by stepping down, and the sooner the better if he wants the three provinces to remain part of the Kingdom.
How can we be sure that such a plan, seemingly one of last resort, would work? We can't. But we won't know what better measures can be taken until Thaksin is out of office and somebody with clean hands, credibility, competence and good intentions replaces him...


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Almost like being there: Evening sun at Songkhla Beach - October 18, 2005
Mr. John writes: Lots of people come to relax on Songkhla Beach especially on weekends. The terrorist events in Hadyai and Songkhla on April 3 changed the behavior of people from shopping at Hadyai to going to the beach instead. They feel safer there.


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Almost like being there: Bombs in the South - October 20, 2005

Police check the tracks between Yala and Pattani province after a bomb exploded at a railway checkpoint in Pattani.


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Above: For the railfans, loco 4032

Below: A pickup truck was bombed near the provincial governor's office in Yala province.
No one was injured in the explosions.



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Almost like being there: Exclusive photos from Wat Promprasith - October 17, 2005
Wat Promprasith in Pattani was attacked by separatists yesterday who burned the wat and killed three.


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