Red-shirts occupy farmers’ rally site

NAKHON RATCHASIMA – Red-shirt supporters occupied Ban Wat intersection in Kong district on Tuesday prior to the planned gathering there by farmers from 20 northeastern provinces. Farmers have moved their gathering point to Chok Chai district.

Around 30 security guards of United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) put up two tents at Ban Wat intersection on Mitraphab Road, where earlier was set by farmers as the location to stage the protest demanding the caretaker government to pay overdue money for pledged grains.

The UDD group put up banners sending messages such as “Don’t create chaos in this area”, “Democracy is not about road closure by thugs” and “Oppose the road closure in this area”.

Loud speakers were also set up in preparation for the farmers expected to arrive later on Tuesday morning, but there was no farmers showed up there.  

Nakorn Sriwipat, leader of farmers from 20 northeastern provinces, said his group decided to change the gathering location to tambon Lalom Mai Pattana in Chokchai district to avoid a confrontation. The group would  carry out activities to pressure the caretaker government to pay for rice pledged months ago.   

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Discussion 1 : 25/02/2014 at 10:20 PM
The red shirts opposed road closure by…closing the very same road themselves. Red shirts logic for you.
Discussion 2 : 25/02/2014 at 07:41 PM
Reds against reds. You can do with them what you want...
Discussion 3 : 25/02/2014 at 05:16 PM
The ultra-agressive way they are clinging on to power proves that the PT on top was very successful for a lot of red shirts. Too bad it wasn't the farmers.
Discussion 4 : 25/02/2014 at 02:21 PM
So much for red shirts are the voices of majority and farmers.
Discussion 5 : 25/02/2014 at 01:10 PM
The farmers will remember the action of the red shirts. I wonder on which side this red shirts really stand and why they do not support the farmers.
Discussion 6 : 25/02/2014 at 12:44 PM
The reds are isolating themselves clearly. They are gong to be very lonely in Thailand.
Discussion 7 : 25/02/2014 at 12:29 PM
This has got to be one of the most telling news items of this whole rice saga. I would be interested to hear what a red shirt supporter has to say about this, especially one who's waiting for his rice money.
Discussion 8 : 25/02/2014 at 12:05 PM
And you hope to get support from farmers across the nation?
Discussion 9 : 25/02/2014 at 11:28 AM
How very revealing. Puts the PM tearful 'dear farmers' pleas in context. Seems her other 'pro democracy' supporters have different ideas about the right to protest in support of their legitimate grievances. A case of actions speak louder than words perhaps?
Discussion 10 : 25/02/2014 at 11:26 AM
Great strategic mistake by the fugitive felon...turning his red thugs on the farmers will only speeded up his doomsday...

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