Pheu Thai tries to halt farmers

Senior Pheu Thai Party members tried desperately on Thursday night to convince a farm leader to change a plan to lead farmers to Bangkok to protest against the government's failure to pay for pledged rice.

Key Pheu Thai figures, including Somchai Wongsawat, made phone calls to Chada Thaiseth, a former Chartthaipattana Party member, to put the brakes on a convoy of about 1,000 farmers which has been moving slowly towards the capital from Uthai Thani and other central provinces.

Mr Somchai said Mr Chada should not be orchestrating the protest rally. "The government will pay [the farmers] every satang, although payments could come a bit late,'' he said.

The farmers began their journey from Uthai Thani and Nakhon Sawan on Wednesday. They stayed in Bang Pa-in district in Ayutthaya Thursday night before resuming the journey on Friday to Suvarnabhumi Airport as their destination.

Mr Chada said earlier that he had to fulfill his promise to them that he would take them to Bangkok if they were not paid for their pledged rice by Jan 30.

The caretaker government had asked him to negotiate with the farmers in his area last month, offering a pledge to pay for their participation in the rice-pledging scheme by Jan 30. But the money had never arrived.

Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit said Pheu Thai had also made phone calls to Chartthaipattana executives to talk former members into halting the convoy.

Party deputy spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard stressed Pheu Thai's sympathy towards farmers to Mr Chada and even advised him to make proposals directly to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra or through the Pheu Thai Party or the Chartthaipattana de facto leader Banharn Silpa-archa in exchange for ending the rally.

Mr Chada said his decision was not politically driven, the deputy spokesman quoted him as saying.

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Discussion 1 : 21/02/2014 at 04:36 PM
Paying all farmers in full and on time (how many broken promises?) would have prevented this mess from ever happening. How the PM and PTP can shamelessly blame anyone else for this monumental fiasco is beyond reason. The farmers and their families have been duped, on a massive scale and it's not over yet.
Discussion 2 : 21/02/2014 at 09:40 AM
We had a saying I remember when I was but a lad .",I would not pay him out in co-op checks".
Discussion 3 : 21/02/2014 at 07:42 AM
You have many supporters farmers! Go for it!
Discussion 4 : 21/02/2014 at 07:28 AM
Phuea Thai trying to stop the farmers - what a S H A M E !
Discussion 5 : 21/02/2014 at 05:00 AM
Pheu Thai - since they care so much about these poor farmers - should voluntarily allow the farmers to stay (for free) in the SC Hotel.
Discussion 6 : 21/02/2014 at 03:36 AM
The standard procedure of Socialism is to rob Peter to pay Paul. However, the standard procedure of Crookery is to rob them both, which is simply a bridge too far. Can a leopard change its pots? I think not!
Discussion 7 : 21/02/2014 at 12:12 AM
"... payments come a bit late", he said. He must be joking. His salary for what job whatsoever never came "a bit late", and this man is clearly overpaid.
Discussion 8 : 20/02/2014 at 11:04 PM
Instead of asking the farmers not to protest in Bangkok, perhaps Mr. Somchai and his wealthy Pheu Thai colleagues can dip their hands into their no doubt deep pockets and advance the poor farmers some money. What do you say, Mr. Somchai and friends?
Discussion 9 : 20/02/2014 at 10:53 PM
""The government will pay [the farmers] every satang, although payments could come a bit late,'' he said. bad news puppet ...they were a little late 3 months ago
Discussion 10 : 20/02/2014 at 10:37 PM
this story is a quality effort requiring access to and accuracy of sensitive information,demanding confidence in one's sources and courage to print.... Somebody most likely will be less than pleased that it became public knowledge..thanks for the info...
Discussion 11 : 20/02/2014 at 09:36 PM
The time is over. Only money will halt the farmers. Words they cannot eat.
Discussion 12 : 20/02/2014 at 09:31 PM
Too funny. They tell the farmers to make their pleas directly to the PM. But she won't talk with them!

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