Muslims in Thailand 'victims of national politics'
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Community unsure on how to deal with growing anti-Islam sentiment in the country
Thai Muslim men offer prayers in Cho Ai Rong district in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on March 15, 2016. In the northern Thai city of Nan, local Muslims have been denied a permit to build a mosque, another example they say of growing Islamophobia in the South East Asian nation. (Photo by Madaree Tohlala/AFP)
In 2015 Muslims in Thailand's northern province of Nan were about to get a permit from the government to build a mosque that they planned to expand into a community learning center for local residents to learn about Islam.
But out of nowhere, on March 1, that same year, a protest was organized in the heart of the sleepy provincial capital also called Nan. More than 800 people turned up, many of them holding signs saying, "Nan people do not want a mosque."
Led by a Buddhist monk and community leaders, the group marched to the provincial hall to hand over a letter protesting the planned construction of the province's very first mosque.
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