Rally blocks deep-sea port public hearing

Protesters claim local concerns ignored

Opponents of the Pak Bara deep-sea port camped overnight at Ban Pak Bang School to block the first public hearing which was supposed to be held Thursday. (Photo by Paritta Wangkiat)

SATUN: The first environment public hearing for the planned Pak Bara deep-sea port project was abruptly cancelled Thursday after several hundred protesters rallied at the venue to block the hearing.

The first public hearing of Pak Bara Seaport's Environmental and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) was scheduled for Thursday morning at Ban Pak Bang School, La Ngu district in the southern province of Satun.

However, about 200 local protesters had camped out at the school since Wednesday evening and stayed overnight there to block the hearing. The event was later cancelled after a confrontation between the protesters and proponents who could not get inside the venue.

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