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Samila Beach mermaid statue damaged in explosions

By The Nation

 

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The landmark mermaid statue at Samila Beach in Songkhla province was damaged by two explosions on Wednesday night.

 

No-one was injured in the blasts that occurred about 10pm.

 

The tail of the mermaid was damaged. Police said they would make a closer examination of the area early on Thursday.

 

The popular tourist area was cordoned off for further investigation.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30361209

 
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What needs to be understood here is that municipal and provincial politics is the stuff of murderous clans. Statues are expendable and can be profitably fixed or replaced. And no one around much at 10 pm. Elections suck!

 

 

 

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Urgent : Three bombs found at Samila Beach after blasts damage mermaid statue

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A bomb squad on Thursday morning found three explosive devices at Samila Beach in Songkhla province, hours after two blasts damaged the landmark mermaid statue.

 

The types of bombs are still unknown.

 

The three explosives were found at the beach during a search after last night’s explosions.

 

The landmark golden mermaid statue at Samila Beach was damaged by two explosions on Wednesday night. No-one was injured in the blasts that occurred about 10pm. The tail of the mermaid was damaged.

 

Full story: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30361210

 
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3 hours ago, marko kok prong said:

Why would anyone want to blow up a mermaid statue,maybe they thought if they blew it to bit's it would reveal the lotto numbers?

Or an act of Muslim insurgency or believers - though I'm surprised it lasted without damage since its creation in 1966?

Sculpted by Jitr Buabus based on a character from Phra Aphai Mani, a popular book in Thai literature by Sunthon Phu. http://www.thai-blogs.com/2009/02/21/mermaid-in-songkhla/

In a predominant Muslim province, no doubt this semi-nude woman statue is against Islamic beliefs and culture. In "ordinary times" (before the annexation of the Muslims southern territories by the Kingdom of Thailand), this statue would never have been allowed on a southern province beach.

 

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1 hour ago, Srikcir said:

Or an act of Muslim insurgency or believers - though I'm surprised it lasted without damage since its creation in 1966?

Sculpted by Jitr Buabus based on a character from Phra Aphai Mani, a popular book in Thai literature by Sunthon Phu. http://www.thai-blogs.com/2009/02/21/mermaid-in-songkhla/

In a predominant Muslim province, no doubt this semi-nude woman statue is against Islamic beliefs and culture. In "ordinary times" (before the annexation of the Muslims southern territories by the Kingdom of Thailand), this statue would never have been allowed on a southern province beach.

 

Maybe, maybe not, but fact is, that only parts of Songkhla province are predominant Muslim and that Muang Songkhla never had been part of the Sultanate of Patani - the insurgency claims only the districts of Chana, Thepa, Na Thawi and Saba Yoi.

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On 12/26/2018 at 10:54 PM, marko kok prong said:

Why would anyone want to blow up a mermaid statue,maybe they thought if they blew it to bit's it would reveal the lotto numbers?

 

If you wanted to put BP Samila hotel out of business...

 

My money is on a business dispute.  But I don't have a dog in that fight.  And of course, different narratives serve different entities.

 

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