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Thailand warned against imposing curfew in south

Publication Date : 12-02-2013


While the Thai government will determine on Friday whether to declare a curfew in the deep south, the Civil Society Council of the Southern Border Provinces said yesterday that the government's strategies should stress peaceful processes not combative ones.

Council president Prasit Meksuwan warned a curfew could worsen the situation. It could affect livelihoods and boost insurgents' plan to make the region a violence zone. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday met with National Security Council (NSC) chief Paradorn Pattanathabutr, Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC) chief Tawee Sodsong, army chief-of-staff General Udomdech Seetabutr, and national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew and urged careful deliberation before declaring a curfew.

Meanwhile, Deputy PM Chalerm Yoobamrung said the meeting would come to a conclusion on the curfew on Friday, or else in two weeks. He insisted the curfew would be useful as insurgents planted bombs at night for day-time attacks. Locals could ask officials for permission to leave home during curfew to work or for religious activity.

Army Region 4 commander Lt-General Udomchai Thammasarorat said the Army would carry out a curfew if ordered - but he urged the government to think carefully, as it could worsen the unrest.

He said the violence wasn't as severe as many imagined - and insurgents were taking revenge for the arrest of their leading members.

Army deputy spokesman Winthai Suwari said the interrogation of five teenagers, nabbed after the car bomb on Sunday that killed five soldiers and wounded another in Yala's Raman district, allegedly found they aided the attack by placing spikes on the road. Winthai urged officials to exercise more caution in their investigations, while at the same time condemning the attacks as cruel and inhumane.


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