In southern provinces of Thailand such as Songkhala, where Moslems make up at least 60 percent of the population, a lookout is being kept for possible guerrilla activity...
GV Songkhala province
GV & Tracking shot. Ditto (3 shots)
Tracking shot. Road towards Mosque
GV TILT DOWN Thai temple (2 shots)
GV & SV Moslem market place with children & women at stalls (6 shots)
GV TILT TO CU Fruit & vegetable stalls (2 shots)
GV Market & street scenes (2 shots)
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Background: In southern provinces of Thailand such as Songkhala, where Moslems make up at least 60 percent of the population, a lookout is being kept for possible guerrilla activity...particularly following Tuesday's (15 June) student riot in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) where students were demonstrating against alleged discrimination and brutality against Moslems in Southern Thailand. The Thai Government believes many Moslems in the southern provinces are separatists who have joined the remnants of Malayan communist groups from border areas. The Thai Government employs a special Royal Police Field Force to counter guerrilla activity.
SYNOPSIS: Songkhala is one of several southern provinces of Thailand where special government divisions, such as the Royal Police Field Force, have been keeping sharp lookout for guerrilla activity. Moslems of Malay origin form more than 60 per cent of the population in some of these districts, and the government has said is suspects that many of them may be separatists, sympathising with...and joining...groups of Malayan communists from the border areas.
Guerrilla activity is nothing new to these seemingly quiet areas of Thailand, but there have been fears of increased movements since Tuesday's student riot in Kuala Lumpur where demonstrators used the visit of the Thai Prime Minister to protest against alleged discrimination and brutality against Moslems in Southern Thailand.
Most of the Moslems live in rural areas, and only a small percentage in the towns, where Thais and others of Chinese descent live. In this market-place the women at the stalls are both Moslems and Thais. Farming and fishing are the main occupations in Songkhala Province. Its under this quiet cover that many communist guerrilla groups in Thailand operate, and a concerted effort is being made at present to detect them.