World Bulletin / News Desk
Muslims in Thailand's restive south are keeping a close watch on developments in Bangkok where a state of emergency had been declared, Bernama news agency reported.
Relieved that the emergency was only confined to the Thai capital, people at Sungai Golok Tuesday hope that the problem by pro and anti-government groups could be resolved without bloodshed.
Baharuddin Malik, 41, hoped that he could enjoy Ramadan in peace at his home town in Narathiwat adding the trouble in Bangkok was also felt by Thais in other parts of the country.
"Our worry is that the trouble will spread here. We pray that the problem can be resolved soon," he said.
Baharuddin said the situation in the southern regions of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala had been calm since the start of Ramadan.
"Things have not changed much. We still have to remain cautious and refrain from going out at night," he said.
Hani Abdullah, 61, said the situation at the border was not affected by developments in Bangkok and hope it would be resolved soon.
"We are worried by what is happening and hope the government can find an amicable solution," she said.
Faridah Che Mat, 32, was optimistic that the problem could be resolved soon.
"We are watching developments closely and are confident the government can prevent it from spreading. Being at the border, we do not feel the impact but are worried nonetheless," she said.
One man was killed while at least 40 people were injured when pro and anti-government protesters clashed near the seized Government House in Bangkok early today forcing Thai soldiers to intervene and restore order.
Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej had declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and asked Army chief Gen Anupong Paojinda to takeover security.
Despite the clash, the situation in Bangkok remained calm with the people continuing with their daily life.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Eylül 2008, 17:30