Thai separatists fight for independence

Fighters in Thailand's south speak exclusively to Al Jazeera about their fight for independence.

    One of the most secretive, armed movements in Southeast Asia speaks with Al Jazeera about their quest for independence. It is a pursuit that has claimed the lives of soldiers, policemen and civilians – in an apparent reaction to strong-arm tactics from government.

    The latest wave of violence comes amidst secret peace talks between Thai government officials and representatives of the movement.

    A recent announcement by the Thai government about its commitment to peace talks has given fresh hope, but a lot needs to be done on the ground to build mutual trust.

    More than 4,500 people have been killed in the region since violence flared up in 2004 and many more lives will be lost before both sides can hope to see eye to eye.

    Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Pattani, south Thailand.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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