29 October, 2014. Surat Thani Province, Thailand – A group of 13 people complained to the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) in Surat Thani that palm oil and weapons were stolen from community members. Authorities have therefore ordered the army to carry out an investigation against Klong Sai Community, which began on October 14th, 2014.
The threat was again launched at around 8:00pm on October 21st, 2014. Several rounds of gunfire were heard near the Jew Kwang Jui’s work camp. The army went out on patrol in the area near the community and issued warnings to the opposing party by firing shots in the air. At around 9:30pm, the army once again fired a warning shot. Afterward, at 1:00am the army was informed that there were two unidentified people who had entered the grounds of the military base but later escaped from the scene.
On October 23rd, 2014, the army began a new round of investigations against those who had trespassed in the Jew Kwang Jui work camp. A total of 9 people came under investigation, and were later taken to the police station in Chaiyaburi district to be charged. One suspect however, a broker, managed to negotiate with the army authorities at police station. Meanwhile, a group of gunmen shot at the home of one of the soldier’s parents now stationed in Klong Sai. The police have already investigated the scene.
Despite having the army patrolling the area, threats and intimidation are still occurring and members of the community are now living in fear. Recent reports say that the seven soldiers on patrol may have left the community, only patrolling in daylight. This leaves the community vulnerable to danger at night. In wake of this incident, the Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT) hopes authorities realize who and what are real potential threats (mafia and criminal gangs) in the area.
Klong Sai Pattana Community
Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT)
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