Farmers take plight to airport

SAMUT PRAKAN - Farmers representing western provinces made their plight known to foreigners on Sunday by holding a brief rally at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Ten farmers travelled by van and pickup truck to the departure gates at the airport with donation boxes to find support for their campaign for overdue payments after pledging their rice to the caretaker government. Those donating money received a small token made of rice straw.

They spent about 30 minutes at Suvarnabhumi with security provided by airport police and Suvarnabhumi staff before leaving to join other farmers in a rally in Bangkok.

Thongchai Kanchananukul, a leader and former Moo 5 village chief in Phanom Thuan district, Kanchanaburi, said the farmers wanted to show visitors to Thailand the problem of the rice-pledging scheme.

The caretaker government has promised to start paying farmers with pledging papers on Monday.

But Mr Thongchai said they will continue to rally against the caretaker government until they receive all of the money they are owed, he added.

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Discussion 1 : 18/02/2014 at 01:18 AM
Uh, just trying to make a quick buck.
Discussion 2 : 17/02/2014 at 09:21 AM
The government will have a collection box at all tourist entry points soon.
Discussion 3 : 17/02/2014 at 05:18 AM
The number of farmers protesting is less than 500 but they receive press coverage like there are 100,000. Says something about the press.
Discussion 4 : 17/02/2014 at 05:01 AM
They might have more success if the signs were in English
Discussion 5 : 17/02/2014 at 01:49 AM
These farmers would have been treated more harshly if not for Suthep and his protesters pushing back the autocratic Thaksin Regime beforehand.
Discussion 6 : 17/02/2014 at 01:08 AM
Ummm, thats the point? Raise awareness and also put pressure on govt.
Discussion 7 : 17/02/2014 at 12:20 AM
Yingluck & Thaksin say they will make the farmers money, then they do not pay them. I bet those farmers in the picture still love Thaksin and now if the greedy brother sister do not pay, go and try to get money out of a farang/foreigner. Typical Thailand. Greener pastures in ASEAN.
Discussion 8 : 17/02/2014 at 12:17 AM
this is the end my friends... when farmers get angry, it is always legitimate, and I guess nothing would stop them! it seems that the caretaker PM forget how many they are... 70% of a nation turning angry, nightmare on the way!! I just want to say, "don't give up!", but is it needed?
Discussion 9 : 17/02/2014 at 12:02 AM
Most visitors to Thailand have no idea about what the rice scheme is about or in most cases even of it's existence. What point are the farmers trying to make by protesting at the airport?
Discussion 10 : 16/02/2014 at 11:45 PM
That's why the farmers stood at the departure gates. Seems they knew the problems overzealous Mr. Tarit might cause the tourists.
Discussion 11 : 16/02/2014 at 10:10 PM
Because of the 'emergency law', tourists need to be careful because the government have the power to arrest and deport them if they are seen to support these democratic protests. Welcome to Thailand.

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