One shot dead at rubber farmers’ protest in Thailand

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rubber protestA protesting rubber farmer was killed and another seriously wounded when armed men opened fire at protesting rubber farmers on September 1 in Thailand’s southern Nakhon Si Thammarat district.

The armed men fired 5 gun shots at the rubber and oil palm growers demanding higher rubber prices, seriously wounding two of them. One succumbed to his serious injuries later.

The spokesman of the ruling Pheu Thai Party, Prompong Nopparit, said the government “has nothing to do with the attack” and called for the protesters “to stay calm and allow police to investigate the incident.”

He also dismissed as untrue a report that the government had offered $4.7 million to leaders of rubber farmers in return for them cancelling a plan to hold a rally in Bangkok on September 3.

Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was “sorry” for the shooting.

However, the protesters called for the government to take the responsibility for what happened. If the government  did not respond by 11am on September 2, they would step up the protest “to a higher level.”

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A protesting rubber farmer was killed and another seriously wounded when armed men opened fire at protesting rubber farmers on September 1 in Thailand’s southern Nakhon Si Thammarat district.

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rubber protestA protesting rubber farmer was killed and another seriously wounded when armed men opened fire at protesting rubber farmers on September 1 in Thailand’s southern Nakhon Si Thammarat district.

The armed men fired 5 gun shots at the rubber and oil palm growers demanding higher rubber prices, seriously wounding two of them. One succumbed to his serious injuries later.

The spokesman of the ruling Pheu Thai Party, Prompong Nopparit, said the government “has nothing to do with the attack” and called for the protesters “to stay calm and allow police to investigate the incident.”

He also dismissed as untrue a report that the government had offered $4.7 million to leaders of rubber farmers in return for them cancelling a plan to hold a rally in Bangkok on September 3.

Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was “sorry” for the shooting.

However, the protesters called for the government to take the responsibility for what happened. If the government  did not respond by 11am on September 2, they would step up the protest “to a higher level.”

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