Most Deep South people rejects separatist militant, BRN, demands, want government be cautious

Many people in the Deep South rejected the five demands issued by the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) separatist movement, according to a Dusit Poll survey of 542 respondents in the three southern border provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala and the southern province of Songkhla. Of the total, 65.18% said it was difficult to accept the BRN’s demands on Thai authorities because they believed the southern separatist group did not have enough rights to make them. Meanwhile, 40.05% said they wanted the government to be sincere in solving the southern unrest and for peace to be attained in the far South as quickly as possible. And 34.62% said the government should be more cautious in negotiating with the BRN to prevent the group from taking advantage of the Thai side. The poll comes after the BRN made demands ahead of the second round of talks, where before and after the talks, the militant up their violent campaign. The BRN basically wants to be recognized as a Liberation Movement and not a separatist movement, wants Malaysia as a mediator not a facilitator, allow the Muslim body, OIC and other NGO to observe the talks, and for the government to lift warrants on militants and free those that are detained. Paradorn Pattanathabutr, secretary-general of the National Security Council, said, “We don’t know which group instigated this but there are differing opinions in the south. We will continue with a meeting on June 13, with support from the military,” he told reporters. He was speaking after an emergency meeting called by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra following attack in which when four gunmen on motorcycles pulled up at a store in Pattani province, just 500 metres from a military checkpoint, and opened fire (Source).

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