Farmers to rally in Bangkok next Wed

Farmers in 24 provinces on Wednesday resolved that they will take their farm vehicles to Bangkok on Feb 19 to step up pressure on the caretaker government to pay for grain they delivered and pledged months ago under the government's rice scheme.

Central agricultural committee chairman Ubolsak Bualuangngam, who also leads the Lop Buri Farmers Assembly, announced the resolution decision after a meeting with farm leaders from 24 provinces in the central, eastern and lower northern regions in his hometown to discuss ways of increasing the pressure on the government to pay for pledged crops. 

Mr Ubolsak said the meeting agreed that farm leaders in each province would lead their disgruntled growers in an agricultural vehicle caravan to the capital, but would not disclose their major rally site yet, Thai Rath online reported. 

He insisted that the rally in Bangkok aimed to expedite payments for unpaid farmers and was not otherwise politically motivated, not on the side of the government or its opponents.

He added that the protesting farmers would not receive financial support from any political group for their trip to the capital next Wednesday.

“There is a solution to the overdue rice payments problem, but we won’t tell the government. The government can actually have money to pay for the rice growers but they just don’t know how to think it out.

"If they can’t do it, step down and farmers will do it for them,” Mr Ubolsak said. 

“The only thing the government can think about is politics. If talks in a room have brought no solution, then we’ll talk with them on the road instead. 

“Imagine when the farmers with their farm vehicles stop to camp overnight while travelling to Bangkok. What will happen when they reach Phahon Yothin Road in Saraburi or the Asian Highway in Ayutthaya.” 

Reports said during the meeting Preecha Panta, vice chairman of Eastern Farmers Group and leader of the Prachin Buri Farmers Assembly, opposed the planned demonstration in Bangkok next week, saying the move to pressure the government would cause trouble for other people. 

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Discussion 1 : 13/02/2014 at 09:16 AM
I thought the farmers had no money. How can they afford to come to Bangkok? Suthep I abusing the raised money to pay for lawsuits, instead of giving it to the farmers.... who are obviously not as broke as they like to appear !
Discussion 2 : 12/02/2014 at 09:39 PM
Wow! One thing leads to another. Just no end to this mess! Thailand is on the verge of collapse. This is the perfect time for the REDS to march into Bangkok too and just mess up the country. As foreigners we love how the the protest keeps pushing the BAHT up. If this is not enough to motivate Thai to talk peacefully then we don't know what is. This is might also be the right time for the arm force to intervene: put an end on all sides, anti-govt and govt alike. Let the generals rule the country with a brutal fists. Nobody can say a thing. End of the story.
Discussion 3 : 12/02/2014 at 07:57 PM
more the merrier

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