The army says southern separatists are putting up cloth banners and spraying messages that attack the presence of soldiers and policemen to attract international attention and spread anti-Thai propaganda.
Col Banpot Pulplean, the spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc), said the separatists were trying to send a message to the international community that the three predominantly-Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat are still plagued by violence instigated by the authorities.
The banners allege that violence in the deep South was being caused by authorities overreacting to the situation and demand that soldiers leave the strife-torn area. Col Banpot said southern separatists had systematically planned to attack local soldiers and police while at the same time others were putting up cloth banners in many areas.
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