The ongoing insurgency in the predominantly Muslim Southern Thai states bordering Malaysia does not get much media coverage in the USA. The issue is usually covered in soundbites or framed as “Islamic extremists” versus the Buddhist Thais. Relevant history and context is breezed over or ignored.
AlJazeera brings to our attention the little known massacre of Muslims that took place in Tak Bai, when 85 people were killed in 2004 by the Thai military.
Security forces in southern Thailand are on heightened alert for the eight anniversary of a military crackdown that killed 85 people.
In 2004 hundreds protested against the detention of six men, suspected of involvement with armed Muslim groups fighting for independence from the Buddhist majority of Thailand.
Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Narathiwat province on the security alert coinciding with what is now known as the Tak Bai massacre.