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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