Dozens hurt in Thai farmer protest

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thai palm oil farmerDozens of people were injured on August 23 in a clash between protesting farmers and Thai police in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

The protesters were calling for the government to intervene to prop up falling prices of rubber and palm oil, and were blocking off part of a busy central highway. At one point their numbers were reported to be over 1,000.

Over 1,200 Thai police in riot gear were dispatched in an attempt to clear the blocked road. After intense skirmishes, the road remained blocked.

At the same time more than 3,000 palm-growers staged a protest outside of the Chumphon Provincial Hall in Thailand’s southern Chumphon province. The protesters were calling for the Thai government to guarantee a price of 6 baht per kilogramme of palm oil. The price paid by domestic factories for the commodity has fallen to 2.5 baht over the last several months. Farmers say that it costs them 4 baht per kilogramme to produce.

According to the  Bangkok Post, rubber and palm oil farmers have repeatedly asked the prime minister for help and received no response. In an interview with the Bangkok Post, Democrat Party MP Jurin Laksanavisit said that “parliament should be discussing farmers’ problems instead of conducting lengthy debates on the amnesty, the charter amendment and budget bills,” and he suggested that drop farm product prices could be addressed in Thursday’s House session. Jurin called on Prime Minister Yingluck to attend the session.

 

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Dozens of people were injured on August 23 in a clash between protesting farmers and Thai police in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

Reading Time: 1 minute

thai palm oil farmerDozens of people were injured on August 23 in a clash between protesting farmers and Thai police in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

The protesters were calling for the government to intervene to prop up falling prices of rubber and palm oil, and were blocking off part of a busy central highway. At one point their numbers were reported to be over 1,000.

Over 1,200 Thai police in riot gear were dispatched in an attempt to clear the blocked road. After intense skirmishes, the road remained blocked.

At the same time more than 3,000 palm-growers staged a protest outside of the Chumphon Provincial Hall in Thailand’s southern Chumphon province. The protesters were calling for the Thai government to guarantee a price of 6 baht per kilogramme of palm oil. The price paid by domestic factories for the commodity has fallen to 2.5 baht over the last several months. Farmers say that it costs them 4 baht per kilogramme to produce.

According to the  Bangkok Post, rubber and palm oil farmers have repeatedly asked the prime minister for help and received no response. In an interview with the Bangkok Post, Democrat Party MP Jurin Laksanavisit said that “parliament should be discussing farmers’ problems instead of conducting lengthy debates on the amnesty, the charter amendment and budget bills,” and he suggested that drop farm product prices could be addressed in Thursday’s House session. Jurin called on Prime Minister Yingluck to attend the session.

 

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