Briefing note_update sttuation in the south_as 29 Aug 2012_Final version
not sure what happened to the south on 30 Aug 2012, but we are monitoring human rights situation. It may not be related but it showed the deterioration of the situation as the same, Pls consider
all the best
102 separatist incidents in the deep South
Published: 31/08/2012 at 04:27 PM Online news: Local News
A total of 102 incidents of unrest struck the four southern border provinces on Friday morning, Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) deputy spokesman Pramote Prom-in said.
Col Pramote said bombs and suspicious objects were planted in many areas, and insurgents were thought to be to blame. Thai flags were also burned and Malaysian flags hoisted to mark the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Bersatu separatist movement, an umbrella group active in the far South, and Malaysia’s National Day, Aug 31.
There were 44 incidents in eight districts of Narathiwat, 34 in Yala’s Muang, Yaha and Bannang Sata districts, 12 in Pattani’s Muang and Yarang districts, and another 12 in southern Songkhla.
Security officers were able to dismantle most of the bombs, but six soldiers were injured by explosions in different areas of Narathiwat this morning, he said.
“We believe the culprits wanted the incidents to make headlines and they chose to act on Aug 31, which coincides with the national day of Malaysia and the anniversary of the Bersatu’s establishment,” Col Pramote said. “They [the insurgents] wanted to arouse their followers in the region.”
He said the insurgents were trying to generate hatred and distrust between the people of the two neighbouring countries by burning Thai flags and raising Malaysian flags.
However, Thailand and Malaysia will continue to have a good relationship and these incidents will not cause conflict, he added.