Thailand: Muslims whine about ‘Siamese colonization,’ attack policeman

This banner was discovered by residents Thursday morning outside Narathiwat province capital. It was tied to a farmer’s fence along the Panason Road in Kok Kien village. (Bangkok Post photo)

Eight anti-government banners were found across all three provinces of the deep South Thursday and a ranger was wounded in a gun attack in Narathiwat…

…Authorities removed the banner with caution, fearing a booby trap may have been planted in the area that could be detonated remotely by insurgents hiding nearby.

In three districts of Yala, five banners with similar messages were discovered next to suspicious objects…

…Meanwhile, Malui Mading, 34, a ranger attached to the 48th Rangers Regiment based in Cho Airong district, was wounded after gunmen opened fire on him in Rangae district of Narathiwat province, early Thursday morning…


It has been fairly calm in southern Thailand lately. I noticed that in the uncertainty right after the coup (May 2014), there was a surge of violence. But as the months went on, it became quieter and quieter. I suspect the new leaders are using a much heavier hand.

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