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Six Dead, Police Camp Raided In Thai South: Police

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Six dead, police camp raided in Thai south: police

NARATHIWAT, January 6, 2012 (AFP) - More than 30 suspected Muslim rebels attacked a police camp in the Thai south Friday, killing two officers, who were among six left dead by regional violence in less than 24 hours, police said.

The rebels raided a dormitory while officers were sleeping in the early morning raid in Narathiwat province, stealing five heavy guns and bullets. Another three officers were also injured.

"They planned well for this attack, in response to our successful raids which destroyed two of their weapon storehouses in December," said Police Colonel Satanpah Wamasingha, the local police chief.

Also on Friday morning in Narathiwat, gunmen shot dead one man and injured his teacher wife as they were driving a pick-up truck in Sungai Kolok town, police said.

In Pattani province, at around noon, there were two drive-by shooting incidents, killing two men and injuring one other.

Late Thursday in Yala province, a villager was shot dead on his way home from work at a rubber plantation.

According to the latest figures from Deep South Watch, which closely monitors the southern conflict, almost 5,000 people -- both Buddhists and Muslims -- have been killed and 8,300 wounded since the unrest began in 2004.

People in the region complain of a long history of discrimination against ethnic Malay Muslims by authorities in the Buddhist-majority nation, including alleged abuses by the armed forces.

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-- (c) Copyright AFP 2012-01-06

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The Muslim-majority region was consisted of independent sultanates annexed by mainly Buddhist Thailand in 1902. Separatist violence has erupted periodically ever since.

Not a part of Malaysia......

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America's record in resolving regional conflicts over the past 50 years, is not so flash! Resolution requires the Thai government to learn a thing or two about resolving local conflicts from the masters....the Russkies.

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The Muslim-majority region was consisted of independent sultanates annexed by mainly Buddhist Thailand in 1902. Separatist violence has erupted periodically ever since.

Not a part of Malaysia......

Not part of Malaysia...but predominantly Malay Muslim...and the population has more in common with Malaysian culture than Thai

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The 'Radicalisation' is probably more due to Thailand's annexing of this region from about 1904. That, probably is due to the aspirations of the French, who were trying to 'carve up' Asia around this time. Somewhat like the situation we now have in Bosnia etc, due in that instance, the Russians. One way or another a horrible mess, and just how one 'restores' things back to how they were pre-1914, or what other possible solutions there might be to resolving this conflict, is going to tax the minds of many for some time to come. Either side being heavy-handed, isn't going to help matters.

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The Muslim-majority region was consisted of independent sultanates annexed by mainly Buddhist Thailand in 1902. Separatist violence has erupted periodically ever since.

Not a part of Malaysia......

Not part of Malaysia...but predominantly Malay Muslim...and the population has more in common with Malaysian culture than Thai

Did i say anything about giving land away? You are taking a large leap of reason on that one. Stating a fact. Clearly it is a difficult situation in the South, one with a long history to its making.

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Its a separatist movement, its causes are numerous, political, cultural, linguistic etc.

Thailand's record of treating its ethnic minority's also contributed to this conflict.

It is not a movement fuelled by religious zeal, you need to get away from that mind set.

What should be noted here is the freedom of operation the separatist's have.

The Thai security forces are a long way behind the curve.

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Its a separatist movement, its causes are numerous, political, cultural, linguistic etc.

Thailand's record of treating its ethnic minority's also contributed to this conflict.

It is not a movement fuelled by religious zeal, you need to get away from that mind set.

What should be noted here is the freedom of operation the separatist's have.

The Thai security forces are a long way behind the curve.

Yes, wholly agree with you.

Your last two sentences say a lot.

The " security forces " are a very long way behind the curve and the truth is we have no idea how much popular support the bad guys have.

It must be substantial because they operate with impunity.

RTA results are seemingly negligible but 2-4 people are dying every day.

Hardly makes the news.

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Thai army should consult IDF if they want progress in this matter! Guess Thailand´s to proud to get help from abroad

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As for treatment of ethnic minorities, I have yet to hear of hill tribes blowing people up or beheading them because of their poor treatment.

- Original historical context, the hill tribes have been the "outsider minority" from the beginning, while the oppressed "minority" is actually the dominant/mainstream within the southern provinces

- Lack of resources, both financial and political power basically non-existent from the beginning for the hill tribes

- Much **worse** treatment by the dominant majority has kept the status quo intact in the north

- Cultural differences, the hill tribes much less inclined to open conflict with those "above them" than those in the south of Thailand, IOW like most of Thailand's minorities they have learned "their place", and historically grin and bear it. Muslim ethnic Malays, not so much.

Solving this problem will take political sensitivity, a willingness for the powers that be to actually be willing to loosen the reins and devolve some real power to the local/regional level. Also intelligence, sensitivity and finesse.

None of which factors give me any confidence of a real solution coming anytime soon.

Of course raw force **may** be effective in preventing the root problem from surfacing, but won't actually solve the root problems and IMO would be likely to just add fuel to the fire in the long term, actually playing directly into the hands of those taking advantage of the situation for their own political purposes on the other side.

Given that, I would say the very **last** people you would want involved would be any American government agencies other than the Peace Corps and development agencies. And I speak as a American.

IMO people making blanket anti-Islam statements wrt this situation are fools.

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If Thailand tries ethnic cleansing in the south, will not Malaysia intervene, citing the precedent of Kosovo?

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It is perfectly acceptable to report on events and give opinions, it is not acceptable to post in a manner in which to bash any specific religion. One post removed as well as a reply.

7) Not to post slurs or degrading comments directed towards any group on the basis of race, nationality, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

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Indeed so, to a Moslem the world exists in 3 parts, the world of Islam, the nations in dhimmitude, and the nations of war.

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dangerous land down there for anybody not belonging to that group

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Its a separatist movement, its causes are numerous, political, cultural, linguistic etc.

Thailand's record of treating its ethnic minority's also contributed to this conflict.

It is not a movement fuelled by religious zeal, you need to get away from that mind set.

What should be noted here is the freedom of operation the separatist's have.

The Thai security forces are a long way behind the curve.

Have to disagree with you it is religiously inspired. You will note they want to set up their own government not be a part of Malaysia which is not subject to strict Shari law.

Why would they want to be different than all the other fanatic Muslim groups in the world. If it is political as you suggest would it not follow that part of the rebels would be Buddest?

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