Troubles in the South – March 2005

Troubles in the South - March 2005

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Almost like being there: Bomb damage in the South - March 26, 2005

Right: Damage to Raman Post Office caused by a bomb on March 24, 2005 at 19:40. Two police officers were injured.


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


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

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


Above and below: More bomb damage in Raman district, Yala Province at a wooden pavilion where police usually sit.

Left: Detail of where the bomb was planted at a drain near the pavilion.

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

Paper peace cranes 'soured feelings' - Contrary to Islamic faith, says Surin - Bangkok Post, March 31, 2005
The government's use of paper cranes to show goodwill towards people in the deep South ran counter to the Islamic faith and might have soured feelings in the Muslim-dominated region, Democrat MP Surin Pitsuwan said yesterday.
Mr Surin, debating southern violence and peace restoration measures, said that according to the Koran, God once sent flocks of birds to carry rocks from hell and dumped them on enemies of the religion invading the holy city of Mecca...

(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)


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

Almost like being there: Yala - March 25, 2005
The Marathon Fishing Contest is held in Yala province every year. This is the same time as the zebra dove competition which is the highlight of the festival. This year it was held March 19-20, 2005.

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

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


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

Almost like being there: Bomb damage in the South - March 23, 2005

Left: A bomb planted at this pavilion near the river on March 20 injured 11 people.

Right: On March 15, 2005, a bomb was planted at this rail kiosk at Nibongbaroo. This killed one policeman and two were injured (one being a railroad officer).

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

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

Almost like being there: Yala - March 21, 2005
The billboard asks "everyone to ponder the importance of the land they live in" from HM The Queen's speech of November 16, 2004.


Muslim Lawyer Club - March 16, 2005
This is the website started by human-rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit who vanished last year.



(Photo: Dr. Has for 2Bangkok.com)
Almost like being there: Yala - March 19, 2005
Left and below: Signs in Yala Province from the Department of the Promotion in Peace which present photos and quotations of speeches from HM The King and Queen urging peace.

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



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Almost like being there: Yala - March 14, 2005
This is a billboard from the Election Commission of Thailand which quotes HM The King's speech for people to follow their conscious to select good people to administer the country.


SOUTHERN UNREST : 8 religious teachers indicted for treason - The Nation, March 10, 2005
[Regular 2B readers will have seen photos from Thammavittayamoonnithi School.]
...The eight defendants are said to be members of the separatist group Berisan Revolusi Nasional Malayu Pattani (BRN), which advocates violence to carve out a “Pattani” state in the predominantly Muslim region...


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

Almost like being there: Yala police poster - March 10, 2005
Reduce lives lost and assets [of separatists]
Those who inform clues will get a reward
Inform to arrest, investigate, and seize the illegal things:
War weapon - 10,000 baht
Regular gun - 5,000 baht
Car - 10,000 baht
Motorcycle - 5,000 baht
If you have a clue, please inform
Tel. 191, 1340, 1341
P.O. Box 1340 Yala 95000
All information is secret. We guarantee for safety that it will not be disclosed.


Tak Bai soldiers ‘will not be dismissed’ - TNA, March 6, 2005
...“We need to consider whether heavy penalties against the three officers could cause a loss of morale among officers”, Gen. Samphan said in defence of his decision, adding that the penalties also had to take into account Thailand’s reputation as a nation.
However, he confirmed that the three men could also face criminal charges, and that the issue would be put before the prime minister within the next couple of days...


Thailand to Explain "Harsh Policies" to OIC - IslamOnline.net, March 1, 2005
With analysts seeing little chance of the Thai PM to change his hawkish policies, Thailand said it was sending envoys to meet with the head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to explain its policies in the violence-wracked Muslim-majority south...


Troubles in the South - from Asia Security Monitor No. 116, March 3, 2005, American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, DC
February 23: Thailand is rapidly becoming a staging ground for international terrorism. So concludes a new assessment from the Agence France Presse, which reports that foreign militants bent on exploiting local instability have penetrated southern Thailand and have begun facilitating the proliferation of sophisticated weapons in the country's troubled majority Muslim Narthiwat, Yala, and Pattani provinces. Moreover, according to the news service, the Thai government's hard-line approach toward ongoing separatist violence appears to be exacerbating the situation, and could cause localized fighting to spill into Bangkok and Hat Yai - and possibly even into neighboring Malaysia.
Regional experts are in agreement regarding the gravity of the situation. Andrew Tan of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore says that "given the way the Thai government is handling the issue, the separatists have no choice but to link up with foreign groups." Srisomphop Jitpiromsri of Thailand's Prince of Songkhla University concurs: "These groups will be drawn to come in and recruit southern Thais - those who are poor, unemployed and have no confidence in the existing system - to join their cause."


Excessive force by Thai authorities in south: US - AFP, March 1, 2005
Thai authorities have used deadly excessive force against suspects, particularly in battling Islamic separatists, the US State Department says in its annual human rights report...


US Human Rights Report on Thailand 'Not Constructive'-Thailand - AP, March 1, 2005
Thailand on Tuesday criticized a US government report on human rights concerns in the country, saying the public airing of the survey could hurt bilateral relations...


Thai government scraps plan to cut off funds for insurgent-friendly villages - AP, March 1, 2005
The Thai government has dropped a proposal to cut off funding for southern villages considered sympathetic to Muslim insurgents, an army commander said Tuesday, following criticism that the policy would only prompt further violence in the area...
Intelligence reports showed the ongoing violence does not involve foreign elements, he said, but is linked to drug and contraband smugglers, as well as local and national politicians...


Critics doubt Thai PM's openness on Muslim south - Reuters, March 1, 2005
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has sought rare advice from critics of his tough stance towards unrest in the Muslim far south but is unlikely to change tack, analysts and Muslim leaders said on Tuesday...


Thailand to Explain "Harsh Policies" to OIC - IslamOnline.net, March 1, 2005
With analysts seeing little chance of the Thai PM to change his hawkish policies, Thailand said it was sending envoys to meet with the head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to explain its policies in the violence-wracked Muslim-majority south...


A tale of two newspapers: Prem's 'rebuke' - March 1, 2005
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