Thai Prime Minister Visits Restive South

August 14, 2005

Source: The Peninsula

Wire Service: AFP

On August 14, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "Two men were shot dead in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south yesterday, as the prime minister made a surprise visit to the volatile region following a new call for peace by the nation’s queen.

The two men � both former militants who had defected to become government informants � were killed as they sipped their morning tea at a teashop just hours before Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in the region, police said... Before leaving Bangkok, Thaksin urged residents in the provinces along the Malaysian border to remain resolute and not bend to demands of militants, who for two weeks have distributed anonymous leaflets threatening death to Muslims who work on Thursdays and Fridays. Friday is the Muslim holy day."