Muslims Flee Persecution, Mass Arrests

January 10, 2004


On January 10, 2004 reported, "Terrorized by the latest spree of mass arrests and a crackdown on Islamic schools by the Thai authorities, scores of Muslims, including scholars and leaders, are either hiding or fleeing south Thailand. 'The Thai government is using the recent attacks on soldiers as a reason to order mass arrests and impose fear on Muslims in south Thailand, causing many innocents to flee their homes,' a Pattani teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Saturday, January 10. 'This is pure persecution and the intent is to link the majority of Muslims to terrorism in a bid to get support from the U.S.,' he stressed. 'Many Muslims in the south are now thinking of moving out of the region, possibly seeking refuge in Malaysia’s Kelantan state,' he added."