The Islamic terrorists and criminal gangs have gone to war against the growing number of security cameras installed in the south. Several dozen have been destroyed in the last few weeks. This has prompted security companies to employ vandal-proof installation techniques that make the cameras more difficult to destroy and often capture video of those carrying out the attacks (by having visible cameras watched by hidden ones).
June 29, 2013: In the south a roadside bomb killed eight soldiers.
June 25, 2013: The southern rebels offered a Ramadan (the Moslem holy month that is July 8-August 7 this year) truce. The rebels promised to reduce their attacks if the soldiers remained at their bases and police patrols were curbed. The government refused, as this would enable the smugglers to operate with little risk at all and allow terrorists to move about and recruit freely.
June 21, 2013: European ambassadors warned Thailand that if police and government corruption were not addressed on the southern resort island of Phuket, the Europeans countries supplying most of the 4.8 million tourists to Phuket each year would warn their citizens to go elsewhere. Police and officials on Phuket have become increasingly corrupt and tolerant of criminal behavior on Phuket. This has led to a growing number of tourist complaints. The tourism industry accounts for five percent of GDP, employing two million people, or seven percent of the workforce. Phuket is a major destination for tourists.
June 18, 2013: In the south a policeman and a solider were killed in two separate terrorist attacks.
June 15, 2013: In the south a police raid (because of a tip) on a terrorist hideout resulted in a gun battle that left one terrorist dead and another (who was wanted for killing six civilians) arrested.