Rice farmers returning home

Rice growers from central provinces on Friday agreed to return home after receiving a promise from the caretaker premier that long overdue rice payments will be made next week, reports said.

Chada Thaiset, a former Chartthaipattana Party MP for Uthai Thani and a leader of the rice farmers rally, said on a protest stage at the roadside resting point on the Asian Highway in Pang Pa-In, Ayutthaya, that he had already met and held talks with caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

“Ms Yingluck promised that the rice payments will be made next week,” he told the farmers opn Friday.

It was reported that the rallying farmers had discussed their next move after receiving the promise. Many of them thought they should move on to Suvarnabhumi airport as planned, because they did not believe the caretaker government would be able to make the delayed payments as promised.

However, the farmers finally agreed to cancel their plan to rally at the international airport and were heading home on their farm trucks.

They promised to return and to rally at the international airport if they do not get paid next week as promised.

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Discussion 1 : 21/02/2014 at 05:17 PM
Aw! Does that mean that the PDRC will now stop helping them!?
Discussion 2 : 21/02/2014 at 05:05 PM
We will have a lot of tractor and farm equipment in Bangkok next week then! I don't think this time they will going home so easily.
Discussion 3 : 21/02/2014 at 04:24 PM
"Chada Thaiset, a former Chartthaipattana Party MP for Uthai Thani and a leader of the rice farmers rally, said on a protest stage at the roadside resting point on the Asian Highway in Pang Pa-In, Ayutthaya, that he had already met and held talks with caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra" 10000farmers wanted to talk to Yingluck... only one person said he saw Yingluck and he could convince the farmers to go back home, hope the farmers get paid by next Friday but how??
Discussion 4 : 21/02/2014 at 03:41 PM
How soon they forget. It was only 2 weeks ago when they were supposed to be paid last. Now they either believe they will be paid next week, or there were other threats made. I also doubt very seriously that the PM personally talked to anyone, and I doubt that enough money to legally pay them will magically turn up next week. Soon they will be out of petrol, and won't be able to drive anywhere to protest in Bangkok.
Discussion 5 : 21/02/2014 at 01:16 PM
She has only delayed the enevitable. Will they really get paid Yes / No? I know where my vote goes
Discussion 6 : 21/02/2014 at 01:14 PM
Good move. Now every farmer who wants his money payed has only to join a convoy to BKK :-)
Discussion 7 : 21/02/2014 at 12:32 PM
It seems that you can fool some of the people all of the time.

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