Senior cabinet ministers should travel to the far South to see the situation for themselves, a senior Democrat Party MP said on Friday after most businesses in the region were intimidated into remaining closed for the day.
Deputy Democrat leader and MP for Songkhla Thaworn Senniam said more than 90% of stores in the southernmost region of the country were closed for business on Friday. They were intimidated by insurgent groups and rumours of violence if they opened on a Friday, the Muslim sabbath.
The Democrat southern MP said that even though Friday was a normal shopping day for locals, at least 90% of the shops were closed and most people opted to stay in their homes.
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