Border influx sparks alert

Security has been beefed up at the Thai-Cambodian border in Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo province following reports that an unusually high number of Cambodian Muslims are entering Thailand there.

A combined force of the Burapha Task Force, military rangers and police yesterday set up checkpoints near the border to monitor those who entered at the Aranyaprathet crossing.

Pol Lt Col Benjapol Rodsawat, deputy chief of Sa Kaeo immigration police, said more than 450 Cambodian Muslims passed through the border on Friday.

They told authorities they were travelling to Pathum Thani's Khlong Luang district for a religious rite, he said.

Up to 149 Cambodian Muslims had also crossed the border from Saturday to yesterday, Pol Lt Col Benjapol said, adding they all held legitimate passports. 

Authorities are concerned the border crossers will join the demonstrations in Bangkok.

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Discussion 1 : 24/01/2014 at 01:57 AM
fear mungering by the authorities
Discussion 2 : 23/01/2014 at 06:41 PM
The difference being that Christians don't have an agenda or need to destabilize the country.
Discussion 3 : 23/01/2014 at 11:08 AM
I had just checked with a Muslim friend and here are the FACTS . The Thai Muslims along with Cambodian Muslims met (intimate) at Klong song in Bangkok on the 18th ,19th, 20th and 21st. Thousands attended to celebrate the birthday of prophet Mohammed and had nothing to do with the illegal protesters
Discussion 4 : 23/01/2014 at 08:40 AM
Why exactly would Cambodian Muslims be sneaking into Thailand in order to join the protests in Bangkok? This seems a rather odd assumption.
Discussion 5 : 23/01/2014 at 08:35 AM
I also heard there were thousands of christians from various countries entering everyday as well .

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