South markets open, heavy security
- Published: 19 Oct 2012 at 12.13
- Online news:
Most shops and vendors stalls in Thailand’s southernmost region again remained open for business today, but under heavy guard -- the second Friday running they have defied the implied threats of extremist militants to remain shut on the Muslim sabbath, according to reports from the region.
The majority of vendors in Pimolchai fresh market in Yala municipality opened their stalls early this morning and trade was reported to be brisk, with a large highly visible security presence of troops, police, municipal employees and volunteers.
Normal working Friday was disrupted three weeks ago when Muslim insurgents threatened to harm vendors in Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat if their shops opened on Friday, the Muslim sabbath.
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