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.

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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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