Major farmers rally on Tuesday

The network of farmers from the western and lower northern provinces on Sunday announced it will hold a major rally in the capital on Tuesday to make a claim for the caretaker government's promised four billion baht per day payment to unpaid growers under the rice-pledging scheme.

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The network’s coordinator Nattawat Chan-inngarm said his group would not disclose yet where they would gather for the rally, which will step up pressure on the government, and would discuss the matter on Monday. 

Protesting farmers from the network began occupying the Commerce Ministry in protest over the delayed payments for their pledged rice on Wednesday. Mr Nattawat said the protesters would, however, open one of the gates at the ministry and allow ministry officials to resume their work on Monday. Only vehicles used for government affairs would be allowed to park inside the ministry.

He said the network’s leaders would meet Luang Pu Buddha Issara, the People's Democratic Reform Committee co-leader who controls the Chaeng Watthana protest site, in the evening today to receive one million baht of donation money to help the unpaid farmers.

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