Rice farmers issue payment ultimatum

BURI RAM - Rice farmers have given the caretaker government until next Saturday to pay them for their pledged crop or face a lawsuit.

About 1,000 protesters on Saturday blockaded a section of Highway No226 in Buri Ram to demand overdue payment for rice pledged under the government scheme. 

The government must pay by Jan 25, plus interest, or they will sue caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the cabinet for dereliction of duty causing damage, the protesters said. 

They also vowed to intensify their protest if their demands were not met. 

The protesters later dispersed after submitting their demands to provincial governor Thongchai Lue-adul.

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Discussion 1 : 20/01/2014 at 10:32 AM
some farmers have been waiting for months, this is the EC's fault?. Ricefield, your colors are showing more than usual. The EC's is not allowed by law to have the caretaker take out a LOAN (the money has to be borrowed, as there is no more left) that the next Gov has to repay.
Discussion 2 : 20/01/2014 at 01:43 AM
I love the red spin on this. " It's the EC's fault" NO it's not!! This money was owed months before the election was called. Good try.
Discussion 3 : 19/01/2014 at 06:28 PM
The poor rice farmers are in desperate trouble right now. They need their money right now. Whoever helps them will earn their gratitude and support. If they don't get it, why should they even be bothered to vote for anyone?
Discussion 4 : 19/01/2014 at 01:23 PM
A Thaksinite will never get that. They are too star struck by the person they adore.
Discussion 5 : 19/01/2014 at 12:24 PM
A government that address the needs of the country as a whole is what they need. Suthep made it clear that one the process of reforming the country is engaged, he will step out of politics go home and retire. As for "legitimate" electoral victory, it's only a matter of perspective. Vote buying through cash, handouts and unsustainable and ruinous populist policies might sound fair game to you but it isn't such for everyone. The people are demanding reforms to end that system. No matter who gets to run the country.
Discussion 6 : 19/01/2014 at 12:18 PM
Not true. The Bank is refusing to release the money regardless of an EC decision. The EC has so far only authrorised the sale of rice in store, but there are few takers!
Discussion 7 : 19/01/2014 at 12:15 PM
As the Dems are not contesting the election, what's your point?
Discussion 8 : 19/01/2014 at 12:13 PM
good point….. but as far as I know Suthep won't be running in future elections the DEMS only have Abhisit, and as much as I respect him….he is a spent force in Thai politics….sad
Discussion 9 : 19/01/2014 at 12:13 PM
Leotro & Brassman- All rice payments for the 2012-2013 harvest should have been completed six months ago. Blaming the EC and the court for the government's mismanagement is totally unfair and biased. I don't know the percentage of farmers who didn't get their money but they are in sufficient number to wreak havoc on the country highways. These farmers have been offered government loans to help them survive while waiting for their rice money; but the government is charging them interests on these loans. I call that "racketeering". How do you call it?
Discussion 10 : 19/01/2014 at 12:03 PM
It is pretty clear that no matter who wins the next elections, they will have to pay this government's debts. Eventually, they will manage the rice scheme in a different, more transparent manner or perhaps scrap it entirely.
Discussion 11 : 19/01/2014 at 11:41 AM
The noose is slowly closing. All Suthep has to do is go peacefully forward and justice will take its course.
Discussion 12 : 19/01/2014 at 11:37 AM
Indeed, "“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Discussion 13 : 19/01/2014 at 11:27 AM
Funny, it's such a luxury for the UDD and PTP to be able to blame The Dems and Suthep for no money to pay Farmers. The party that can do nothing and has nothing for 20yrs. Brought the all Powerful Reds and PTP to their knees. The government doesn't have the money because they are buying rice they can not effectively sell. That is the key to making the scheme work So grab a brain.. Not accepting the flaw in the plan is the PTP's doing. It's a deep deep hole and it was in the making long before the recent protests. Now do you see where some of the unaccountable 2.2 trillion was going. Demonizing others does not absolve the PTP
Discussion 14 : 19/01/2014 at 11:25 AM
ricefield! There is no money, didn't you get that yet?
Discussion 15 : 19/01/2014 at 11:21 AM
Thaksin thinks and PTP sinks.
Discussion 16 : 19/01/2014 at 11:11 AM
Why can't people understand that Suthep is not running in the 2nd Feb elections and cannot run because candidate registration is finished. The PDRC are not a political party. The DEM's cannot run either as they declared that they are boycotting the election.
Discussion 17 : 19/01/2014 at 10:53 AM
The payments are being sabotaged by the EC and the courts. But farmers, although angry, will have this explained to them before the next elections. They will also understand to be paid at all they need vote PTP again.
Discussion 18 : 19/01/2014 at 10:31 AM
It's not farmers, it's a small group of farmers. It's a common trick of Sutheps to get a small group and present them as representative of the whole class. e.g. doctors against Yingluk etc. It works just as long as there isn't a vote of everyone so the true numbers can be counted.
Discussion 19 : 19/01/2014 at 10:31 AM
If Suthep could promise a way to compensate the rice farmers for Yingluck govt's nonpayment, he could undermine the Red shirt base and win on Feb. 2nd. Until the Democrat party starts to address the needs of the majority of Thai voters, they will never have a chance at winning an election legitimately. Here, Yingluck is handing AV/Suthep the keys to the kingdom, but are AV/Suthep smart enough to pick them up?
Discussion 20 : 19/01/2014 at 10:31 AM
If Suthep could promise a way to compensate the rice farmers for Yingluck govt's nonpayment, he could undermine the Red shirt base and win on Feb. 2nd. Until the Democrat party starts to address the needs of the majority of Thai voters, they will never have a chance at winning an election legitimately. Here, Yingluck is handing AV/Suthep the keys to the kingdom, but are AV/Suthep smart enough to pick them up?
Discussion 21 : 19/01/2014 at 10:24 AM
You mean, the EC have not released the bounced cheques. The election is doing them a favour, it gives PT a hollow excuse to tell farmers why they aren't getting paid (all the fault of EC, PDRC etc), when truth be told there is no money to pay them. The scheme is bankrupt, too bad no one bothers to tell these poor rural folks the bitter truth.
Discussion 22 : 19/01/2014 at 10:23 AM
Thaksinomics in it's finest hour. Thaksin thinks and PTP acts.
Discussion 23 : 19/01/2014 at 10:21 AM
Well, we could blame Suthep and/or the EC, couldn’t we. Or we could blame the entities who knew five months ago that these bills were due. Or we could ask why the same entities knowingly caused the paralysis in the payments system by exercising their fetish for snap elections. Take you pick.
Discussion 24 : 19/01/2014 at 10:02 AM
I am American who works in China, I plan to relocate to Thailand. The threatened lawsuit by the farmers to sue the Prime Minister for dereliction of duty is of more political benefit than economic. The famers ware part of Pheu Thai backbone. The loss of the base means loss in support for party and government. But the remedy they need Is in USA called writ of MANDAMUS, the command to a public offical to do his duty for which there is no discretion. Mandamus should be issued to command Yingluch and specific officals who can get the money to pay from any available government resource. including Bank of Agriculture
Discussion 25 : 19/01/2014 at 09:48 AM
Can show your displeasure at the ballot box.
Discussion 26 : 19/01/2014 at 09:48 AM
demand money from EC, constitutional court , democrats and suthep no payment can be made without EC and CC thanks to democrats and suthep
Discussion 27 : 19/01/2014 at 09:44 AM
EC and the courts and the whole stab;ishment are slitting the tires from PTP to keep it from moving. People need to be explained what is really going on. Blaming the PTP at this point is senseless but it does show how effective it is to have the right wing conservative elements in society unite to destroy a political party.
Discussion 28 : 19/01/2014 at 09:39 AM
Banking opportunity? The contracts are signed, the money thus has to be paid, so can the banks not loan them the money while EC gets its elections act together?
Discussion 29 : 19/01/2014 at 09:37 AM
Sue the EC they are the one that have not released the money to pay the farmers.
Discussion 30 : 19/01/2014 at 09:25 AM
Madam Prime Minister, you cannot possibly want more trouble in Thailand!? These rice farmers worked hard to deliver rice to the government. Keep your promise and PAY them now! If you wonder why people are angry with their government, look no further than your broken promises!
Discussion 31 : 19/01/2014 at 09:04 AM
Oh boy! Cheating even the poor farmers, how low can it go, my god?

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