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Seven upper southern provinces placed under maximum alert

 

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Security was placed at maximum in upper southern provinces as intelligence officials warned of possible violent attacks to mark one year anniversary of the Aug 11-12, 2016 sabotage.

 

On August 11-12 last year, 10 bombs went off and five arsons broke out at commercial areas, convenience stores, marketplaces in  seven upper southern provinces–Phuket, Trang, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phangnga and Krabi.

 

Four people were killed and 32 others injured in what the police described as “local subotage”. Security officers initially believed the attacks were linked to politics as it took place only a few days after the Aug 7 constitutional referendum.

 

Following the incident, arrest warrants were issued for 10 suspects and investigation later showed most of them came from the deep South. Some of them were also found to be southern militants with records of violent attacks in the South.

 

Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/seven-upper-southern-provinces-placed-maximum-alert/

 

 
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A guilty verdict could start complete madness......

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Was wondering why the check points on the highways were been manned by army and police again !!

I won't be going into town for a few days then :)

 

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3 hours ago, ChrisY1 said:

A guilty verdict could start complete madness......

Could?  At least some degree of that is highly likely.  That is why the BIB are calculating manpower requirements. 

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2 minutes ago, cornishcarlos said:

Was wondering why the check points on the highways were been manned by army and police again !!

I won't be going into town for a few days then :)

 

Based on the possibilities surrounding the rice scam verdict there could be a lot of road block vheck points in more than just the southwest.

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7 hours ago, rooster59 said:

what the police described as “local subotage”

Thai authorities were quick to rule out Islamist or international terrorism, instead blaming “local sabotage”.

“This is not a terrorist attack. It is just local sabotage that is restricted to limited areas and provinces,” the national police deputy spokesman, Piyapan Pingmuang.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/11/one-dead-and-20-injured-in-two-bomb-blasts-in-hua-hin-thailand

7 hours ago, rooster59 said:

the attacks were linked to politics as it took place only a few days after the Aug 7 constitutional referendum

When an insurgency is motivated by the loss of sovereignty, it's politics regardless of any religious affiliation. It's not "local sabotage."

The 2016 constitutional referendum may have been perceived by insurgents to further suppress freedoms of Southern Muslims with a more strict Buddhist autocracy which would explain the Southern vote being largely against the draft constitution and demonstration of violence. From that viewpoint nothing has changed since last year.

 

The Southern Provinces never had martial law lifted as in the rest of Thailand. Placing the provinces under "maximum alert" is just incendiary language that will only motivate insurgents to meet the government's challenge. Violence will continue.

 

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35 minutes ago, Srikcir said:

Thai authorities were quick to rule out Islamist or international terrorism, instead blaming “local sabotage”.

“This is not a terrorist attack. It is just local sabotage that is restricted to limited areas and provinces,” the national police deputy spokesman, Piyapan Pingmuang.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/11/one-dead-and-20-injured-in-two-bomb-blasts-in-hua-hin-thailand

When an insurgency is motivated by the loss of sovereignty, it's politics regardless of any religious affiliation. It's not "local sabotage."

The 2016 constitutional referendum may have been perceived by insurgents to further suppress freedoms of Southern Muslims with a more strict Buddhist autocracy which would explain the Southern vote being largely against the draft constitution and demonstration of violence. From that viewpoint nothing has changed since last year.

 

The Southern Provinces never had martial law lifted as in the rest of Thailand. Placing the provinces under "maximum alert" is just incendiary language that will only motivate insurgents to meet the government's challenge. Violence will continue.

 

It will continue no matter what. That's what these people do and believe in. Terror.

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