Troubles in the South – January 2006

Troubles in the South - January 2006

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Almost like being there: Check to see if you have leprosy - January 23, 2006
Dr. Has reports: A poster for a leprosy prevention campaign from the Public Health Ministry. The poster is in a style in keeping with local style in three southern border provinces.


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Almost like being there: Support for victims of the unrest - January 29, 2006
Mr. John reports: Yala Province opens a special clinic to help victims effected by the unrest in the three southern border provinces and gives 4 million baht in support money to 71 persons.


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Almost like being there: Chinese New Year in the south - January 29, 2006
Mr. John reports: Thai-Chinese people in Songkhla took big candles to the tutelary spirit shrine of the city of Songkhla, on Nang-ngam Road. They asked the "The god of luck fortune," Chai Sung Aie and asked the blessing, luck, and for themselves and their family.


Southern Thailand's 'Widow Farm' - BBC News, January 27, 2006
...The village, dubbed the 'Widow Farm' by locals, is sponsored by the Thai royal family and is currently home to the widows of 103 men killed during the insurgency in three Muslim-majority southern provinces - Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani...

Special Report: Temporary freedom and long nightmare for the suspects of Tanyong limo murder - translated and summarized from Komchadluek, January 26, 2006

On January 17, 2006, Narathiwat court granted temporary freedom for 11 local people who were suspected of the murder of two marines at Tanyong Limo, Rangae district of Narathiwat on September 21, 2005 due to the delay of the court procedure at the attorney general after filing a lawsuit against 11 suspects and waiting for the decision from the Narathiwat governor as to whether one of 11 also stole weapons.
Police have also arrested two more suspects in the marine murders at Tanyong Limo. These two will appear at a court hearing on March 3.

The list of 11 suspected for the marine murder case at Tanyong Limo are:
1. Mr. Makohseng Awaekaji (41)
2. Mr. Tuanparnee (AKA Paning) Tuangooseepo (19)
3. Ms. Beedoh Klabo (48)
4. Ms. Meenoh Mahama (33)
5. Ms. Puesoh Sa I (44)
6. Ms. Yaena (54)
7. Ms. Neemoh Tigi (29)
8. Mr. Diromae Hajitaseh (36)
9. Mr. Useng Sarehnu (28)
10. Mr. Koosa Loseng (40)
11. Mr. Plee Taniroo

Police charged the 11 with the following:
1. Depriving people of liberty
2. Obstructing traffic
3. Interfering with officers on duty
4. Gathering more than 10 people to wreck havoc on the peace

Ms. Nima Tigi (one of the 11 suspects) told the correspondents from Issara News Centre that when she was in jail her menstruation did not come for two months. Initially, she thought she got pregnant while in jail. However, the doctor has diagnosed that the temporary menopause was due to depression in jail. When Ms. Nima went back home at 9:00 pm, her son (Tuan Indra, 6 years old) came to hug her and asked his dad to sleep elsewhere since adeh (the boy) wanted to nap with his mami (mother). Tuan Indra missed his mom a lot indeed.

Yala Province - Tadika School's ustaz arrested - translated and summarized from Komchadluek, January 25, 2006
The situation in the three main "insurgent" provinces in Southern Thailand - Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat - seems to have become less tense. However, the police are still very active. On January 24, fifty armed security personnel arrested the ustaz [Islamic religious teacher] of the Tadika School in Yala Province. During interrogation, the ustaz confessed that he was a member of an insurgent movement. He admitted being assigned the task of persuading teenagers to join the group. He also claimed to have administered the oath of allegiance sworn by new members and to have encouraged local people to believe that the authorities were to blame for the insurgency.
Meanwhile, Assistant Professor Dr. Worawit Baru has commented on the possibility of using some of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's poverty alleviation measures in Narathiwat Province. Dr. Worawit stated that the Prime Minister's "At Samat" model is not applicable to the problems of the province's Takbai District, as poverty is not the only cause of the local violence. Dr. Worawit is a Muslim academic and university Vice-president for "Student and Community Development."

Anand tired of politics surrounding the government's southern insurgency response - translated and summarized from Krungtep Turakit, January 24, 2006
Anand Panyarachun, Chairman of the National Reconciliation Council (NRC), recently said that he felt tired of the politics surrounding the government's response to the southern insurgency. He felt that the government was not listening to NRC advice. He felt particularly incensed by the government's recent establishment of the new "Judicial Support and Civil Liberties Promotion Committee for the South." This committee has been earmarked by the government to take over the reconciliation process from the NRC. Some observers have been shocked by the government's appointment of ultraconservative bureaucrats to the committee. Such critics are concerned that not a single esteemed local citizen has been asked to participate on the committee. Anand was concerned that this government policy appears to be in conflict with NRC advice that greater local participation is needed. Anand is discouraged and thinks that the government may not be interested in the report's suggestions. For the new commission, the government set people from the government to on the committee instead of regular people.

Almost like being there: For the community - January 20, 2006
Dr. Has reports: On January 20, the Department of Environment Quality Promotion organized a meeting the community to adjust the environment surrounding the mosque at the central mosque of Raman District and to listen to people's comments. The department will give 90,000 baht for the equipment budget as community want (such as modern style rubbish bins).


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Southern insurgents planning bank heists - summarized and translated from Phujatkan, January 20, 2006
Security intelligence told the press that the burning of 67 mobile phone towers with total damage of more than 200 million baht had been planned by Mr. Rusdee Pooteh, the chairman of Mujahedin Islam Pattani, a son of Mr. Jehkoomae Pooteh who has been deported to Syria by the Malaysian authorities. Mr. Rusdee met Mr. Abdullateh at Majid in Kuala Lumpur and paid 500,000 baht to support the insurgency. Four persons, including Mr. Abdullateh, have led these burnings.
Furthermore, the RKK are following JI example in Indonesia as well as KMM in Malaysia by planning bank heists in the Raman district of Yala, Thung Yang Daeng and Kra Pho district of Pattani, Rue Soh, Joh Ai Rong, and Sugei Padi in Narathiwat.
[RKK is the Malay abbreviation of "Runda Kumpulan Kecil," which literally means "Pattani State Restoration Unit." JI is Jemaah Islamiah, the Indonesian terrorist organization. KMM is Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia, a Malaysian terrorist group.]


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Almost like being there: Academic fair - January 17, 2006
Dr. Has reports: On January 17-18, 2006, Satriyala School organized an academic fair for students in Yala to visit teachers and see the work of students in the Satri (Female) Yala school.


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Almost like being there: Children's Day - January 14, 2006
Dr. Has reports: Raman District in Yala organizes National Children's Day again after one has not been organized for a long time. Many children participated even though the unrest situation is still ongoing.


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Almost like being there: Bomb site - January 19, 2006
Mr. John reports: Officers check the spot where bandits set off a bomb to kill military men protecting teachers in front of an education center in Yala. The bomb caused officers to be injured and three teachers were slightly injured also.


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

Almost like being there: Praying - January 11, 2006
Mr. John reports: More than 2000 Muslims people in Pattani participate in the Lamad ceremony in the Harirayor Ediladha festival for the year of Hijroh 1426 at the same time as Muslims around the world acclaim and praise God. This is the time to call on immaculate power to strengthen sustainable unity, brotherhood, and peace in the area.


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Almost like being there: House attacked - January 10, 2006
Mr. John reports: Mr. Buntoeng Thirasukon, 40 years old, from Tambon Talohmaena, Amphur Tungyangdaeng, Pattani, is the owner of the house where the bad guys threw a bottle bomb with gasoline causing a fire at his bed. Then they shot and damaged his van and other assets. He had collected money for many years to build his own house.


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

Almost like being there: Lamad ceremony - January 10, 2006
Mr. John writes: Muslim people in the three southern border provinces participate in the Lamad ceremony (Islam worship of God's kindness) on the Edinadha which is the cerebration ceremony before the Haj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia . After the Lamad ceremony, there is Kuraban ceremony or "carve the 4-footed animal" and distribute to people in the community to cook and eat together. For this ceremony, it is expected that 10,000 cows will be killed. If you dare, here is a photo of the butchered cow.


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Almost like being there: Arrest - January 10, 2006

Mr. John reports: The police arrest Mr. Pendi Baewa, 22 years old, a defendant in the case of killing the followers in the temple and slicing the monk's neck at Wat Promprasit Amphure Panarae, Pattani... Evidence that was found with him was nails, an M16 and pliers for cutting iron.

Earlier: Almost like being there: Exclusive photos from Wat Promprasith - October 17, 2005


Thai terrorists 'target resorts' - The Australian, January 11, 2006
... US terrorism expert Zachary Abuza has told The Australian that the Muslim insurgency could spread from the hinterland to beach resorts, such as Phuket, frequented by Western tourists.
Dr Abuza will tell the Foreign Correspondents Club in Bangkok tonight there are also reasons to believe that JI may become involved in such a plan being hatched by Thai insurgents...

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


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

Almost like being there: Baby orangutan - January 10, 2006
Mr. John writes: Nancy, mother orangutan, is holding "Santisuk" ("Peace"), a new member of the Songkhla zoo. This name was given by Firada Yuzo from Thambon Kamiyor, Pattani. She gave this name because it is auspicious for the zoo to get its first baby orangutan and naming it "Peace" is a wish to bring peace to the south.


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Almost like being there: Policemen gunned down at a market - January 7, 2006
Mr. John reports: Police investigate the place that bad guys shot and killed two police officers in a Saturday market at Amphur Raman, Yala. The two officers came from Prajaotak Camp, Yala to help to fight the unrest.


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


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

Severed head found - Electricity company vehicles burnt - Nationwide unregistered mobile phone shutdown fails - translated and summarized from Matichon, January 6, 2006
The severed head of Sgt. Somjit Lorsaeng has been recovered from the edge of the jungle, about 60 meters from the original scene of his decapitation (photo here). Police are interrogating seven suspects, and have received arrest warrants for three more. DNA testing has been conducted on bloodstains at the crime scene and a machete has been recovered from the nearby precinct of Nurul Islam Mosque.
A 6-wheel crane-truck (No. 80-4177) and a 4WD 2-ton truck were recently set alight and seriously damaged by two arsonists at Yala Province's Bannang Star Provincial Electricity Authority Office.
Mobile phone companies have refused to shut down the connections of unregistered prepaid mobile phones in spite of a government request to undertake this action nationwide. The companies cited the difficulty of handling numerous complaints from disgruntled customers especially since Orange SIM cards were recently distributed free-of-charge at 7-11 stores.

Southern violence won't spread to Bangkok, Thai leaders affirm - TNA, January 6, 2006
Responding to Singapore think tank advice, Thai government leaders dismissed speculation that the violent attacks by insurgents in the far South would spread to Bangkok, and expressed confidence that the government's current strategies and close co-operation with neighbouring Malaysia would be sufficient to contain the unsettled conditions in the South...
Rohan Gunaratna, a security analyst at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS) in Singapore said Thursday that Bangkok could face a terrorist attack within a year as tension rises between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Thailand's south and suggested that the Thai government needed to expand its intelligence network, engage Thailand's Muslim political leadership and work with neighbouring Malaysia to stop the spread of cross-border terrorism...


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Almost like being there: Retrieving a head - January 4, 2006
Mr. John reports: The head of Sergeant Somjit Lorsaeng, from the First Special Warfare Battalion of Lopburi Province, is wrapped in a Thai flag and taken to Ingkayuthaboriharn to wait for a religious ceremony (above). The officers investigated the houses surrounding the area in Yala where they found the head and discovered a plastic bag with ants inside. They arrested some nearby youths to question.
The bad guys burned and damaged a local electricity office's truck at Amphur Bannang Sata, Yala (below).


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


Amnesty International press release: Locals trapped by escalating violence in the South - January 4, 2006

Investigating an armed heist at Pattani after - Bandits leave nails and fake bombs while fleeing - Manager Online, January 2, 2006
Seven village security forces headed by Mr. Abdulkorder Guno from Chang Hai commune of Khok Pho, Pattani informed the Pattani governor that on New Year's night of 2006 10 bandits with covered faces and carrying assault weapons were shouting in local dialect of Bahasa. They stole 2 shotguns, 12 shotgun bullets and 1 mobile radio. After than, another set of 10 bandits stole a shotgun from Mr. Masakri Daemo while pointing a gun at Mr. Sapae-Ing Sulong before running away to a rubber plantation behind a local kindergarten. They left nails for 2 km and left a fake bomb at Ban Thung Yao, Moo 6, Khok Pho commune and burned rubber tires at Moo 7 Na Pradoo commune.


Kowit says"5000 more police officers to investigate" - Thairath, January 1, 2006
Royal Thai Police Director Pol. Gen. Kowit Watthana told the press that he needs to mobilize 5306 more police to handle intelligence and continue to catch more bandits. He also set up a project to enhance the protection of life and property for the people in three southern provinces.
Mr. Anand Panyarachun told the press that both the government and armed forces have to take criticism into account while pointing out that the southern provinces problem is an internal affair, so media should never sensationalize the issues by lying that international terrorist networks are involved in the southern insurgency or say that U.S. marines or U.N. peacekeepers are required.

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