Security forces announced they will scale down their operations against insurgents during Ramadan, as a rash of cloth banners denouncing "Siamese colonialists" appeared across the southernmost provinces on Tuesday, one day before the start of the Muslim holy lunar month.
Explosives experts check the area around a roadside sign announcing Ramadan that is draped with a cloth banner condemning "Siamese colonialists" in Narathiwat province on Tuesday. The banner was removed. (Photo by Waedao Harai)
National Security Council secretary-general Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut also announced later in the day that he was informed by Malaysia of the cancellation of a press conference scheduled for 5pm Tuesday, when the the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) separatist group was expected to announce a reduction of the violence in the far South.
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