Deep South Militants, still on killing rampage, Youtube “Liberation” demands

Militant is Thailand’s deep south said they wanted “liberation” from Thailand and laid out a list of demands, a day ahead of talks aimed at ending the nine-year insurgency. More than 5,500 people have been killed in near-daily bombings and shootings in the Muslim dominant Deep South, of Buddhist majority Thailand since 2004. Apart from innocent civilians, security personnel and those connected with the government are regularly targeted, as well as Muslims perceived to be collaborating with the authorities. Thailand held its first official peace talks with representatives of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) in Malaysia a month ago, but deadly attacks blamed on the separatist militant continued. Hassan Taib, a BRN representative, appealed in a Youtube statement for southerners’ support for his group’s freedom struggle, saying they would administer the multi-ethnic area “fairly”. “We shall obtain liberation. After that we can rule as fairly as possible,” he said, adding the group, whose name translates as National Revolutionary Front, aimed to bring justice and prosperity to the area. Thailand’s Prime Minster, Yingluck Shinawatra, has in recent days, said her strategy to solve the Deep South militancy crisis is in development and peaceful means. Her party has also tabled an independent self governing city of Pattani, along the line of Bangkok and Pattaya. Thailand’s National Security Council chief  Paradorn Pattanatabut said he would meet Hassan and his colleagues for a fresh round of talks on Monday. “We have heard their calls, and we will talk to them tomorrow about their demands,” he said. The Youtube statement, most analyst say, is to appeal to the young generation in the Deep South (Source).

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