Thai government strikes deal in rubber crisis

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A news reporters’ car was torched during the violent clashes with rubber farmers in Thailand’s south

Thailand’s government said on September 6 that it had reached a deal with most rubber farmers in the country’s south demanding greater state support for prices, signalling a breakthrough in a 2-week protest.

The new proposal is to rise the rubber price for farmers to 90 baht per kilogramme, which comes close to what they demanded (101 baht).

The government has also asked for 10 days to come up with measures to help support rubber prices, but said it would not intervene directly in market prices. However, it will “temporarily” scrap a tax on rubber exports.

Protesters in Cha-uat district of Nakorn Si Thammarat province, one of the main protest sites, began to disperse after the deal between their leaders and the government.

However, not all were satisfied. Some farmers insisted they would not accept anything less than 100 baht per kilogramme. If the government does not agree in one week’s time, they said they would march march on city hall in Bangkok.

During the rallies that culminated on September 5 and 6, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in southern Thailand a free blocked highways. At least 21 policemen were injured and cars were torched. Meanwhile, the highways reopened after the clashes.

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A news reporters’ car was torched during the violent clashes with rubber farmers in Thailand’s south

Thailand’s government said on September 6 that it had reached a deal with most rubber farmers in the country’s south demanding greater state support for prices, signalling a breakthrough in a 2-week protest.

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torched car
A news reporters’ car was torched during the violent clashes with rubber farmers in Thailand’s south

Thailand’s government said on September 6 that it had reached a deal with most rubber farmers in the country’s south demanding greater state support for prices, signalling a breakthrough in a 2-week protest.

The new proposal is to rise the rubber price for farmers to 90 baht per kilogramme, which comes close to what they demanded (101 baht).

The government has also asked for 10 days to come up with measures to help support rubber prices, but said it would not intervene directly in market prices. However, it will “temporarily” scrap a tax on rubber exports.

Protesters in Cha-uat district of Nakorn Si Thammarat province, one of the main protest sites, began to disperse after the deal between their leaders and the government.

However, not all were satisfied. Some farmers insisted they would not accept anything less than 100 baht per kilogramme. If the government does not agree in one week’s time, they said they would march march on city hall in Bangkok.

During the rallies that culminated on September 5 and 6, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in southern Thailand a free blocked highways. At least 21 policemen were injured and cars were torched. Meanwhile, the highways reopened after the clashes.

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