The hopes for a ceasefire and a quiet Ramadan have been shattered. In the past 10 days alone, close to a dozen bombs have been set off across the southern region. Attacks on the education system have left two teachers dead, a teacher and a volunteer school guard injured, and students traumatised. The Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) made unrealistic demands for a truce during the holy month, and the government put impractical hope in the BRN's goodwill to stop violence for a month.
The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) now states the obvious: violence has increased in the past week. It could get worse before Ramadan ends on Thursday with the festival known as Eid al-Fitr, called Hari Raya Puasa in the South. The army has "delayed" plans to withdraw troops from Songkhla province.
The government is responsible for setting high expectations, and then failing to meet them. On one hand, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and senior ministers have remained aloof from the peace process. Ms Yingluck has spoken of the necessity to continue the talks, but has taken no direct interest.
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