Thai Army Fuels South Unrest
Three weeks later, he is now breathing through a tube in his neck.
The gunshot had entered his skull and blown away both eyes.
Two cotton pads now cover
“I feel so much anger
“I want them to be shot like they shot me, and prosecuted.”
Two months after the
His parents received only a
“If the government had more justice we would receive more care from them,” Muktar’s father Jaema said.
The southern provinces of
Poverty and meager economic development in the Muslim south are blamed as one of the factors fuelling the unrest.
Experts say impunity of Thai soldiers in the Muslim south is fueling unrest and anger in the violence-ravaged region.
“Impunity has always been
“All that’s important for the radicalization and recruitment of insurgents.”
Before the incident,
“Residents feel that
Outrage in the south worsened after a Muslim imam died in the custody of the Thai army in March.
According to an official autopsy, the imam’s body had nine cracked ribs, and an inquiry is underway.
Last month, another imam was shot dead as he walked between a mosque and his nearby home.
The imam’s wife Tuantimoh
“I don’t trust the military anymore. I want more justice,” Tuantimoh told AFP. “Why don’t they try to find some suspects?”
The Thai military denies soldiers were involved, but this does little to reassure Muslim residents.
“I cannot trust the soldiers now,” one 73-year-old man in Yala told AFP.
“Sometimes they arrest good people who haven’t done anything,” added shopkeeper Asma, 22.
Experts say the conflict will continue until justice prevails in the south.
“With impunity it’s a