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Southern insurgency State of Emergency order extended another 3 months

Caitlin Ashworth

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With ongoing violence related to the religious separatist insurgency in the South, the State of Emergency in the Southern provinces Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani has been extended by the Cabinet for another 3 months, from December 20 to March 19.

While the ethnic and religious conflict dates back to 1948, the 3 provinces bordering Malaysia have been plagued with violence since the early 2000s with drug cartels, oil smuggling networks and even pirate raids.

In recent months, a number of rangers, police and locals in the South have been killed or injured from ambush shootings and roadside bombs.

The order, not to be confused with the nationwide Emergency Decree imposed by the prime minister to combat Covid-19, allows officials to track down and arrest insurgents, according to government deputy spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek.

Only a few districts are excluded from the emergency order: Srisakhon, Su-Ngai Kolok and Sukirin in Narathiwat as well as Maikaen and Maelan in Pattani and Betong in Yala.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Ynwaps

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    The religion of peace strikes again

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      Brian

      Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      At least this time they managed to mention that the insurgency is religious in nature. Maybe they’ll gradually work up to saying which religion is involved.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    They will never put down this until they seal the border with Malaysia.
    Any criminal or insurgency will just flee across an open border, rest, re=arm and return when it is safe. Like Geronemo, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid.

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    Ameila Leary

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    China has made many promises for development in Thailand, but the promises made with Thai have been forgotten since affecting individuals in the global chain. A shocking act on the part of China. When there is anything for its own gain, China becomes friendly. In Thailand, China’s key tactic is to establish tension between Malaysian Muslims and Thailand’s southern Buddhist, so that he can easily grab the land and make a debt trap. As Thailand needs aid during this outbreak, China has become strange to people of Thailand

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    Ameila Leary

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    this is the atrocity on
    China has made many promises for development in Thailand, but the promises made with Thai have been forgotten since affecting individuals in the global chain. A shocking act on the part of China. When there is anything for its own gain, China becomes friendly. In Thailand, China’s key tactic is to establish tension between Malaysian Muslims and Thailand’s southern Buddhist, so that he can easily grab the land and make a debt trap. As Thailand needs aid during this outbreak, China has become strange to people of Thailand
    SHfh this is not right

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    Sassy

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:46 am

    Its not religion.
    Its the economy stupid!
    You close all bordes.
    How can they survive?
    The south needs Malaysian money.
    South too depends on tourism.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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