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.

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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Discussion 1 : 23/02/2014 at 09:01 PM
All farmers? That will never happen. They need 130 Billion Baht to pay all the farmers and they simply do not have the power to raise such HUGE amount of money.
Discussion 2 : 23/02/2014 at 08:23 PM
The farmers should bring some protective gears to wear, the red monsters are starting to do the killing work again.
Discussion 3 : 23/02/2014 at 07:39 PM
Rally? Protest? For what? You just did and then you turned around agreeing to government bonds? Having government bonds as a farmer is not hard currency/cash/money as promised. If you come to BKK farmers, do it once and do it right. TS/YS promised you money for rice and have not paid you since October/November 2013. Be angry and get her and her brother out of Thai politics. This is sooooooooooooo obvious by now!
Discussion 4 : 23/02/2014 at 06:51 PM
Didn't the promise to pay next week include all farmers?

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