27 Jun '11, 4am

Thai insurgency edges into election debate

Thai insurgency edges into election debate

YALA, Thailand: After seven years of near-daily attacks that have left thousands dead, a long-overlooked insurgency in southern Thailand is slowly creeping up the political agenda ahead of looming elections. The raging conflict exposes the Muslim-majority region near the border with Malaysia to relentless shootings, bombings and other incidents blamed on shadowy insurgents with no public face and whose exact aims are unclear. Critics accuse the government of failing to address the grievances of Thailand's Malay Muslim minority, including alleged abuses by the military and a perceived lack of respect for their ethnic identity, language and religion. While the main contenders in Thailand's July 3 election have included the far south on their campaign trails, few in the troubled region are optimistic the vote will herald a better future for them. "All the parties are pretty m...

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