Thai farmers to lay siege to Bangkok’s main airport

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Thai farmers1Tens of thousands of farmers, traveling on more than 1,000 farm tractors in a long convoy from the upper northern and central provinces, on February 21 arrived in Bangkok and moved to Suvarnabhumi Airport, the city’s main international airport, in an  attempt to pressure the caretaker government to resign.

Suvarnabhumi Airport authorities have made preparations to deal with farmers who said they will camp there until they receive their money, but have “no plans” to shut down the airport. Leaders of the group said they realised closing down the airport would incur damage in many aspects, and they were traveling there to “exert a symbol” to pressure the government into paying them.

Squadron Leader Sita Divari, chairman of Airports Of Thailand, said the long-term parking field will be used to accommodate the protesters’ vehicles and drinking water will be supplied to them. He said he would like to ask the rice growers not to shut down the airport, as doing so would damage the nation. He also emphasised that passengers should leave for the airport 3-4 hours before their scheduled flights during this period.

Another convoy of farmers will camp out at the commerce ministry in the north of Bangkok and vowed not to return home if they did not get paid their overdue rice payments.

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Tens of thousands of farmers, traveling on more than 1,000 farm tractors in a long convoy from the upper northern and central provinces, on February 21 arrived in Bangkok and moved to Suvarnabhumi Airport, the city's main international airport, in an  attempt to pressure the caretaker government to resign. Suvarnabhumi Airport authorities have made preparations to deal with farmers who said they will camp there until they receive their money, but have "no plans" to shut down the airport. Leaders of the group said they realised closing down the airport would incur damage in many aspects, and they were traveling...

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Thai farmers1Tens of thousands of farmers, traveling on more than 1,000 farm tractors in a long convoy from the upper northern and central provinces, on February 21 arrived in Bangkok and moved to Suvarnabhumi Airport, the city’s main international airport, in an  attempt to pressure the caretaker government to resign.

Suvarnabhumi Airport authorities have made preparations to deal with farmers who said they will camp there until they receive their money, but have “no plans” to shut down the airport. Leaders of the group said they realised closing down the airport would incur damage in many aspects, and they were traveling there to “exert a symbol” to pressure the government into paying them.

Squadron Leader Sita Divari, chairman of Airports Of Thailand, said the long-term parking field will be used to accommodate the protesters’ vehicles and drinking water will be supplied to them. He said he would like to ask the rice growers not to shut down the airport, as doing so would damage the nation. He also emphasised that passengers should leave for the airport 3-4 hours before their scheduled flights during this period.

Another convoy of farmers will camp out at the commerce ministry in the north of Bangkok and vowed not to return home if they did not get paid their overdue rice payments.

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