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While the unelected prime minister, Surayad Chulanot, advocates imposing Sharia law into the southern provinces of Thailand, where 80 percent of the population is Muslim, non-Muslims in the south are growing fearful.

Surayad said on Tuesday (November 7) that Muslims in the southern provinces "should have the Islamic law in practice, Sharia, because the way they are dealing with the normal practice in their society, in their life, is completely different from us".

 

On Wednesday night, the problems already endured by the minority Buddhist population became highlighted when 122 Buddhists fled their homes in Yala province, and took refuge in a Buddhist temple, after Muslim militants threatened to attack them in their homes.

 

The Buddhists come from 55 families, from three villages in Than To and Bannang Sata districts, in Yala province. Most come from the villages of Santi 1 in Than To and Santi 2 in Bannang Sata. The residents' fears deepened after an incident on Sunday November 5, when Muslim militants attacked a house in Santi 2 vilage, killing two people.

 

Boon Iamnirand, 68, and his daughter Aree Iamnirand, 28, the wife and father-in-law of 36-year old Thongchai Iemhiran were killed when insurgents shot at the family house and later set fire to it. Thongchai hid in bushes while the attack took place. At dawn this morning, he returned to the house, and took the two bodies in a boat to the temple of Wat Nirotsankharam in Muang district.

 

This temple, which has extensive grounds, became the place of sanctuary for the villagers who feared similar attacks. Thonchai said: "I do not want to return to my village anymore. It's better to be a beggar than to go back to my community as I have nothing left there. I beg for help from state agencies to provide permanent shelters for me and other villagers. I wish to have an opportunity to be granted an audience with Her Majesty the Queen."

 

Queen Sirikit of Thailand has supported many humanitarian and economic projects in the south, for the benefit of Muslims and Buddhists alike. She donated 400,000 baht ($10,906) to the authorities in Yala to assist the villagers looking for refuge a the temple. She also donated 200,000 baht ($5,453) to the abbot of the temple to cover expenses incurred while the villagers reside in the extensive grounds of Wat Nirotsankharam.

 

At around noon on Thursday, eight car showrooms were hit by synchronized bomb attacks in Yala city, Yala province. 13 people were injured in the blasts, and were taken to Yala Central Hospital for treatment.

 

The bombs had been placed under the seats of vehicles, by people posing as potential buyers. 22 vehicles, including 10 motorcycles, were destroyed in the explosions. The showrooms were sales outlets for Honda, Isuzu, Nissan, Mazda, Ford and Chevrolet.

 

At the Honda showroom on Phetkasem Road, the dealership received a phone call minutes before the blast, warning of an imminent attack and advising evacuation of the showroom.

 

The car dealership attacks are thought to have been devised by Muslim militant Isma-ae Paju, who led the bombing campaign against 22 banks in Yala province on Thursday August 31. Here, people posing as customer left bombs in folders at the branches. One bomb failed to go off, but in the 21 banks which had explosions one man was killed, and 24 people were injured.

 

On Thursday morning, an incendiary device was discovered in a car repair garage in Rangae district, Narathiwat province.

 

The killings and attacks have continued. On Thursday morning, a 49-year old Buddhist man was shot dead in Nong Chik district, Pattani province. Pairote Pomprasit was riding a motorcycle to his work at a construction company when two men on a motorcycle approached. The pillion rider shot Pairote.

 

In Yarang district, Pattani, a man employed by the Pattani District Highway Office was shot by two suspected militants. 39-year old Pirom Pinnok was cutting the grass verge of the Pattani-Yala road when he was killed.

 

In Kapho district, Pattani province, a security volunteer was killed and a village headman was severely injured when six militants opened fire on a group of security volunteers. These were assisting villagers to build a house. The assailants stole two M-16 rifles and a pistol from the volunteers and then set fire to their car.

 

Despite the chaos in the southern provinces, a leading Muslim cleric, Sawas Sumalayasak, said that the military-backed government, which came into being following the bloodless coup of September 19 was to be trusted. Sawas, who goes under the title of "Chularatchamontri" (Sheikh of Islam), is the spiritual leader of Thailand's Muslim population. He said that prime minister Surayud Chulalnot was sincere in resolving the violence in the south. Sawas caimed that he was confident that a solution could be accomplished.

 

Surayud Chulanot has promised to end the "blacklisting" of Islamic teachers in the south. Sawas has welcomed this promise. Teachers in Pattani province on Thursday asked for more security and appealed to community leaders to be more pro-active in providing them with escorts between their homes and the schools where they work. Teachers have been specific targets of the insurgents.

 

The interior minister of the coup-leaders' puppet government, Aree Wongarya (himself a Muslim), said Islamic teachers would be prosecuted if there was firm evidence against them. He said Surayud Chulanot's vow to end blacklisting only applied where there was no substantiation of extremism.

 

Since January 4, 2004, the southern provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala, as well as two districts of Songkhla province, have been involved in an insurgency which has killed at least 1,700 people. The southern provinces had formerly been an independent Sultanate, but in 1786 this was invaded. In 1902 this became annexed within Siam. The inhabitants of the three provinces of the south are predominantly Muslims, who make up 80% of the demographic and are ethnic Malays. The predominant language is Yawi, a dialect of Malay. The three southern provinces are the poorest in the country, with high levels of unemployment. The national average rate of unemployment is 14 percent, but in Yala it is 35 percent. In Narathiwat it is 28 percent, and in Pattani the rate is 25 percent.

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While the unelected prime minister, Surayad Chulanot, advocates imposing Sharia law into the southern provinces of Thailand, where 80 percent of the population is Muslim, non-Muslims in the south are growing fearful.

Surayad said on Tuesday (November 7) that Muslims in the southern provinces "should have the Islamic law in practice, Sharia, because the way they are dealing with the normal practice in their society, in their life, is completely different from us".

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it caertainly does not seem like Dulce would go through the whole trouble of being a fake journalist...

 

anyways... this is getting bad.. Muslims attacking everyone and Learned Muslims not doing much about it.

 

Peace out

Salam

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it caertainly does not seem like Dulce would go through the whole trouble of being a fake journalist...

 

anyways... this is getting bad.. Muslims attacking everyone and Learned Muslims not doing much about it.

 

Peace out

Salam

 

Having read the article, but still NO source, I see that some connections are being made that are not neccessarily true.

 

Is there a connection between the gunmen who attacked the villages and those who will be administering the Sharia Law?

 

Do you think that Sharia Law will permit the attacking of peoples homes and shooting at them?

 

The way that Sharia is to be implemented will it cover non-Muslims or like in Nigeria just be for Muslims?

 

I would like to see the source to see what perspective the journalist has.

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Having read the article, but still NO source, I see that some connections are being made that are not neccessarily true.

 

Is there a connection between the gunmen who attacked the villages and those who will be administering the Sharia Law?

 

Do you think that Sharia Law will permit the attacking of peoples homes and shooting at them?

 

The way that Sharia is to be implemented will it cover non-Muslims or like in Nigeria just be for Muslims?

 

I would like to see the source to see what perspective the journalist has.

 

I found two links.

 

(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.speroforum(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/site/article.asp?id=6477"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.speroforum(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/site/article.asp?id=6477[/url]

 

and

 

(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_ummahnewslinks(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2006/11/10/muslim-threats-force-buddhists-to-flee-villages.aspx"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_ummahnewslinks(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2006/11/10/musli...e-villages.aspx[/url]

 

Regards

 

Bowman

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I found two links.

 

(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.speroforum(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/site/article.asp?id=6477"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.speroforum(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/site/article.asp?id=6477[/url]

 

and

 

(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_ummahnewslinks(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2006/11/10/muslim-threats-force-buddhists-to-flee-villages.aspx"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_ummahnewslinks(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2006/11/10/musli...e-villages.aspx[/url]

 

Regards

 

Bowman

 

Thank you Bowman.

 

I would draw your attention to the author, this is what Spiro News say about him:

 

Adrian Morgan is a British based writer and artist who has written for Western Resistance since its inception. He has previously contributed to various publications, including the Guardian and New Scientist and is a former Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society.

 

and this is a link to Western Resistance:

 

(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.westernresistance(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.westernresistance(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/[/url]

 

It does throw a different light on his article.

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Please include the source with the link...

I gave you a 2-day grace period to post the source & link, but you ignored me. You're in violation of rule 19 and your posting privileges have been suspended for 5 days...

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duplicate .. sorry

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anyways... this is getting bad.. Muslims attacking everyone and Learned Muslims not doing much about it.

We have to listen to the story of another side before making a conclusion.

 

I found two links.

(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.speroforum(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/site/article.asp?id=6477"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.speroforum(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/site/article.asp?id=6477[/url]

(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_ummahnewslinks(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2006/11/10/muslim-threats-force-buddhists-to-flee-villages.aspx"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_ummahnewslinks(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2006/11/10/musli...e-villages.aspx[/url]

You provide two links, but actually the source is just the same: Spero. The question is how do you know that Spero has published a balanced and non-biased news of the event? Do you know how the site get their news?

(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.speroforum(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/site/contactus.asp"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.speroforum(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/site/contactus.asp[/url]

 

Beside that, if you see the list of the titles of their articles, you'll find out that they will only publish bad things about Islam and Muslims whether it is true or not. There is no journalism standard.

(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.speroforum(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/site/article.asp?id=6477&t=Muslim+threats+force+Budhists+to+flee+villages"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.speroforum(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/site/article.asp...o+flee+villages[/url],

 

Wassalam,

Yasnov

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What's the big deal about the links?

 

Do you think he made the story up?

 

Evidently you think it is biased in some way and you are searching for any way to discredit it.

 

So here's a link to a similar story:

 

(www.)"kabar-irian/pipermail/kabar-indonesia/2006-October/005265.html"]kabar-irian/pipermail/kabar...ber/005265.html[/url]

 

“Since 2004, militants in Thailand's predominantly Muslim south have waged a

bloody separatist insurgency against the cultural elite of this largely

Buddhist nation, targeting teachers, monks, community leaders and government

officials. So far, 1,700 people have been killed, yet the campaign of almost-daily

bombings, arson attacks, kidnappings and assassinations has gone largely

unnoticed in a Western world fixated on higher-profile Islamic terrorism campaigns in

Iraq and elsewhere.â€

 

In the first six months of 2006, two people died every day, on average: A

Buddhist teacher was gunned down in front of his fourth-grade class by men

dressed as students. A salesman was beheaded outside a crowded teashop. The owner of

an elephant troupe was shot seven times by assailants who had lined up with

children to buy tickets for a show.

 

In August, 22 small bombs exploded nearly simultaneously in banks throughout

southern Yala province, killing one person and bringing commerce to a

standstill. Two months earlier, 50 bombs went off in a single day at government

offices and police stations.

 

Last year, 15 militants stormed a Buddhist temple and hacked two monks to

death before setting fire to their bodies. Thai officials believe that 30,000

Buddhists have fled the south since the attack. Insurgents also have targeted

fellow Muslims suspected of conspiring with a military known for its brutality in

dealing with the Islamic militants.â€

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What's the big deal about the links?

 

Do you think he made the story up?

 

Evidently you think it is biased in some way and you are searching for any way to discredit it.

Evidently you haven't read the rules, and if you have, you're deliberately disregarding them!

 

You're in violation of rules: 7, 8, and 9.

 

Therefore, you're prosting privileges are suspended for 10 days...

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What's the big deal about the links?

 

Do you think he made the story up?

 

Evidently you think it is biased in some way and you are searching for any way to discredit it.

The big deal about links is that although he may not have made it someone else may have or someone may have added to the story.

 

In fact the story is a prime example, written by someone who regularly contributes to the Western Restistance website.

 

It is biased and I have doubts as to whether it is truthful or the true story, and as in my previous posts have pointed out false connections and assumptions made in the story.

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What's the big deal about the links?

 

Do you think he made the story up?

 

Evidently you think it is biased in some way and you are searching for any way to discredit it.

 

So here's a link to a similar story:

 

(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.kabar-irian(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/pipermail/kabar-indonesia/2006-October/005265.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.kabar-irian(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/pipermail/kabar...ber/005265.html[/url]

 

“Since 2004, militants in Thailand's predominantly Muslim south have waged a

bloody separatist insurgency against the cultural elite of this largely

Buddhist nation, targeting teachers, monks, community leaders and government

officials. So far, 1,700 people have been killed, yet the campaign of almost-daily

bombings, arson attacks, kidnappings and assassinations has gone largely

unnoticed in a Western world fixated on higher-profile Islamic terrorism campaigns in

Iraq and elsewhere.â€

 

It is interesting that you have left out the last two paragraphs of this report:

 

'Nearby, at the Krue Se Masjid in Pattani, site of the deadly 2004 storming by

the military, Haji Niseng Nilaeh said he did not approve of the violence

being waged by either side.

 

"Every day, people die — it makes me unhappy," said the 77-year-old Muslim

elder, dressed in a traditional tunic and sarong. "But the insurgents are not

only killing Buddhists, they are killing fellow Muslims now as well. No one is

safe."

 

So what was this storming of the Masjid and why are Muslims as vunerable as Buddists ?

 

It seems to me to indicate a more complex situation than was painted by the original article and by your selective quote from this one.

 

Do you understand much about the Military's role in the political life of Thailand and its aims? Perhaps you should read up a little.

 

It goes without saying that the killing of women, children and non-combatants is totally against Islam.

Edited by Abubakar

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What's the big deal about the links?

The news does not even mention the oppression and ordeal being faced by the Muslims. No cover both side standard. Hence the unbalanced news. In case you don't know, South Thailand was annexed by Buddist Thais about a century ago. The majority of the people in the region are Muslims. It used to be a Sultanate. Until now, their every day language is Malay, the sama language spoken in Malaysia.

 

Separatist is separatist, but like always, this news is only focusing on the Muslim and Islam as if it is Islam's faults.

 

Wassalam,

Yasnov

Edited by Yasnov

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