This has been coming for years, and now that it has arrived in Yala, it will not end. Now will come the jihad to impose Sharia upon the rest of Thailand as well.
“Alarm over enforcement of Sharia in southern Thailand,” UCA News, January 5, 2021:
Islamists in the southern Thai province of Yala have reportedly joined forces with local police to enforce strict Sharia rules in what rights activists see as a worrying development.
The prime targets of Islamists include young unmarried couples who show any forms of affection in public, such as holding hands, and violators of the Muslim moral code of Sharia face the prospect of religiously prescribed punishments.
Those found guilty in the predominantly Muslim province could also face criminal prosecution on grounds that they have violated laws against obscenities committed in public.
Unmarried men and women could potentially be detained simply for speaking to each other in private without anyone else present.
“We are not preventing people from communicating or talking. But if they are talking, then there should be a third party,” Sutimat Mahamad, the imam of the Yaha Central Mosque, told Thai news media.
“If there is a third party, we will not get involved at all. But if they are talking one on one, the police will arrest them.”
One couple were detained for talking in public and taken to the mosque where they were scolded for their allegedly “immoral” conduct.
“They were talking on a balcony, just whispering between the two of them. We told them not to do it again,” Sutimat said.
Such draconian enforcement of Sharia law is virtually unheard of in Thailand where most Muslims, who number around 3 million in a predominantly Buddhist nation of 70 million, practice socially moderate streams of their religion….
“Our objective is to teach youths to act within religious traditions and rules, far away from drugs, and decrease their risk from being led by those with bad intentions,” said Anucha Waedayi, a member of the Yala Central Mosque’s committee….
Thailand: Muslims and police in Yala enforce Sharia, unmarried couples can be arrested even for private conversation (jihadwatch.org)