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Thailand Schools Reopen After Religious Tensions - 2004-02-03


More than 1,000 public schools in southern Thailand have reopened, after being closed last week amid mounting tensions between Muslim and Buddhist factions.

Police and troops were on hand at many locations to make sure things went smoothly for pupils Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh has been put in charge of security in the restive south. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Monday the military will remain in the region until order is restored.

In recent weeks, at least 10 people have been killed in factional attacks, including three Buddhist monks. Police have blamed hoodlums and separatists for the violence.

Thailand is primarily Buddhist, but the southern provinces that border Malaysia have large Muslim populations.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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