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Two Thousand Former Thai Separatists Wish To Join Deradicalisation Programme

PATTANI — About 2,000 people who have previously been involved in armed conflict in southern Thailand are ready to turn a new leaf and join the deradicalisation programme organised by the Thai government.

Fourth Army Commander Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich said these individuals were currently located in Malaysia and some European countries, and wanted to return to Thailand.

“According to information we have received, these individuals, including the leaders of several groups in several countries, will participate in the ‘Bring Back Home’ programme,” he said, referring to the deradicalisation programme.

Participants of the programme will go through various courses on religion, patriotism and life skills to enable them to start a new life.

Today, 288 such individuals attended the ‘Happy Family Day’ ceremony at the Sirinthorn Camp organised by the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), Region 4.

The ceremony officiated by Thai Army Chief Gen Chalermchai Sittisart was also attended by local community and religious leaders as well as military leaders from the Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces.


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