Farmers reopen highway to South

Rice growers on Friday morning reopened Rama II road in Ratchaburi province for traffic after blocking the main highway to the South for six days, reports said.

The farmers, led by Rawee Rungruang, used farm trucks to block the road at tambon Wang Manao in Ratchaburi’s Pak Tho district since Feb 1 to pressure caretaker government to rapidly make overdue rice payments.

Earlier this morning Mr Rawee led farmers from western provinces to join the mass rally of farmers in front of the Ministry of Commerce, led by led by chairman of the Thai Farmers Association Prasit Boonchoey. The protest is now in its second day.

Mr Rawee said rice farmers will not disperse until they get the payments owned them for their rice pledged several months ago.

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Discussion 1 : 07/02/2014 at 09:23 PM
@ Sparrow it is easy to blame the low man on the totem pole. These people have families to feed, and bills to pay. many forget Thailand is, and has been mainly an agricultural nation. Not everyone can be a sophisticated Bangkok resident who's only worry is when the next i-phone will be out. Many leave the farming areas, and go to university, get their jobs in Bangkok. Many forget where they came from.
Discussion 2 : 07/02/2014 at 01:34 PM
Do not pay road-blocking-farmers at all. Other people pay road taxes and have rights too !
Discussion 3 : 07/02/2014 at 01:12 PM
I'm curious; will the DSI seek arrest warrants for these unpaid rice farmers in the manner they did to go after a monk and PDRC protest leaders?

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