Holding peace talks is just a side strategy while revolutionary warfare remains the ideal goal for the clandestine Barisan Revolusi Nasional-Coordinate (BRN-C) movement, which has become more radical in confronting and making demands to the state. Achara Ashayagachat spoke to former militants and members of the movement in Yala.
After decades of keeping a low profile, the BRN-C (initially a political front of the BRN) has since the 1990s changed its strategy by strengthening its military power and recruiting more educated members to communicate with non-Malay Muslims and the international community.
Securing local support, chasing away non-cooperative elements and attacking hard targets _ particularly the state's armed and administrative personnel _ were parts of the strategy long before the peace dialogue between the BRN and the government's National Security Council (NSC) began early this year, said Adinan, 34, a political member of the movement.
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