Violence is never the answer, but what is the answer to this monstrocity?!
Words vs. Weapons?!
Is war the answer?
What is happening to Thailand? It feels like Thailand is getting struck from all sides.
Nearly 100 public schools in the southernmost province of Narathiwat were closed yesterday after three teachers were brutally shot to death in Si Sakhon and Rangae districts.
Two women teachers were shot inside the library of Ban Sakoh School at about noon in front of students.
Two gunmen got off a motorbike and walked straight into the school library, where the two women were working. They fired 11mm and .357 pistols as some 100 children played in front of the library after their lunch.
Thippaporn Thassanopas, 42, and Yupha Sengwas, 26, were hit in the head, abdomen and legs. The two died instantly.
About an hour later, a male teacher was shot dead in a shop in Rangae district. So-mmai Laocharoensuk, 55, a teacher at Ban Jehke School, was hit six times by AK-47 fire in the head and body. An eyewitness said one of a group of six militants carried the rifle into the shop and opened fire on the teacher.
The murders of the three teachers prompted a reaction from nearly 100 schools in Si Sakhon, Rusoh and Rangae districts. All announced they would close indefinitely.
Colleagues of the three teachers visited hospitals to give support to the relatives.
Narathiwat Teachers' Federation president Sanguan Intarak said he had invited teachers in all 13 districts of the province to a meeting to discuss security and safety measures.
Teachers in the predominantly Muslim region have no confidence in security protection provided by the government and have asked for transfers out of the danger zone, he said.
He noted that more than 300 teachers had already submitted transfer requests.
The teachers' federation has suggested the authorities rate the risk factor in different areas and provide security measures for teachers in accordance with the risk, Sanguan said.
In high-risk areas, the authorities should provide intensive security, he added.
The government is struggling to contain the violence that has killed more than 2,000 since January 4, 2004.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said his government was ready to provide cooperation and exchange information on the movement of Indonesians in case any were involved in instigating or taking part in violence in the deep South.
Wirajuda was in Thailand yesterday for a meeting with Foreign Minister Nitya Pibulsonggram. He also met Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont to discuss bilateral cooperation, including the situation in the South. Thai authorities suspect that Indonesian and Cambodian Muslims might be involved in orchestrating violence in the region