Farmers rally at Muang Thong Thani

A large number of farmers rallied on Monday outside the office of the permanent secretary for defence, the caretaker cabinet's temporary workplace, on Chaeng Watthana Road, and demanded caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra meet them for talks on the government's failure to pay them for grain delivered under the rice-pledging scheme.

The farmers travelled by buses from in front of the Commerce Ministry, where they have been encamped, and arrived at Muang Thong Thani about 11.30am.

Police and military personnel were deployed around the defence building and razor wire barricades erected to keep the protesters out.

They farmers demanded to meet the prime minister, who reportedly arrived at the office about 10.30am.

The farmers were reported to have been able to break through the wire barrier and to have entered the compound, but they stayed outside the building.

Rawee Rungruang, chairman of the network of farmers from western provinces, insisted that he would talk only to the prime minister.

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Discussion 1 : 17/02/2014 at 05:16 PM
fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me. The farmers may be learning the lesson that none of the politicians care about them after the election results.
Discussion 2 : 17/02/2014 at 04:29 PM
certainly doesn't look like it if recent evidence / history is anything to go by
Discussion 3 : 17/02/2014 at 03:50 PM
So you know more than me. I really thought she has lost her face allready.
Discussion 4 : 17/02/2014 at 03:03 PM
Excuse the pun, but these farmers reap what they sow.
Discussion 5 : 17/02/2014 at 01:59 PM
She will never show her face to the farmers. They are only a mass to vote for PTP. To face problems needs a lot of courage, Ms Yingluck, do you have it?
Discussion 6 : 17/02/2014 at 01:31 PM
Does this not just highlight the total impotence of CMPO and the lack of need for the SoE? If these were PDRC protesters doing this probably they are faced with tear gas and riot police. There is no way that PT will do that to their own 'supporters'. It follows they also cannot do anything at Government House without the accusation of double standards. Both the farmers and PDRC show the lack of respect for the Thaksin regime. The danger is that in order to regain 'respect' (and justify the SoE) the Thaksin regime will resort to draconian measures. We should all hope they do not

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