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Locals fight to save market in Narathiwat

SOME 100 PEOPLE have rallied at Sri Sakhon Market in Narathiwat's Sri Sakhon district against police plans to demolish the 40-year-old fresh-food venue so a task-force outpost can be built on the land before the end of the month.

The group yesterday performed a prayer for peace and unity among people and state officials, while also displaying a sign that read: "The market has been with us for 40 years. Don't take it from us. If we are affected, you are also affected."

Residents' representative Asana Patae said Pol |Lt-General Yongyuth Charoenwanich, commissioner of the Southern Border Provinces Operations Centre, ordered Sri Sakhon superintendent Pol Colonel Prayong Sanukul to demolish the market, where some 30 families worked.

She said Prayong, after talking with locals, proposed that the state use half the market space while locals used the other half but Yongyuth refused, citing national-security policy.

An informed source reported that the municipality was supposed to find a new location for vendors.

After the land where the market stands was donated to the state by the Awaebeusa family, it was divided into three parts. One plot is for a school, another for an agricultural office, and the market is on the plot given to Sri Sakhon police.

The municipality received police permission to use the plot for the market.


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