Thai rubber farmers block main highways

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Blocked Asian Highway in Southern Thailand

After failed talks on government support for globally falling rubber prices , Thailand’s rubber farmers resorted to intensify their protests and blocked major traffic arteries in the country beginning from August 26, among them the Asian Highway and southern railway line in Nakhon Si Thammarat that both link the country to Malaysia.

The government has drawn up a couple of solutions to support the rubber farmers which would cost about 25 to 30 billion baht in tax money ($780 to $940 million), but the farmers weren’t satisfied and decided to continue their protest rally.

The blockade caused “severeĀ  inconvenience” for people traveling to and from the south of Thailand, police said, attempting to “peacefully end” the blockade.

However, the rubber farmers have set a deadline for September 3. If their demands are not met by then, they threaten to close “all main highways across Thailand” and to hold a mass protest in front of Government House in Bangkok.

It is understood that the Thai government wants the protests to be contained to the southern provinces and police has been instructed not let them enter Bangkog on September 3, but the farmers have said “they definitely would,” arguing it was their democratic right to protest and furthermore pointed at rice farmers who would get full compensation for dwindling world market prices.

 

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Blocked Asian Highway in Southern Thailand

After failed talks on government support for globally falling rubber prices , Thailand’s rubber farmers resorted to intensify their protests and blocked major traffic arteries in the country beginning from August 26, among them the Asian Highway and southern railway line in Nakhon Si Thammarat that both link the country to Malaysia.

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rubber blockade
Blocked Asian Highway in Southern Thailand

After failed talks on government support for globally falling rubber prices , Thailand’s rubber farmers resorted to intensify their protests and blocked major traffic arteries in the country beginning from August 26, among them the Asian Highway and southern railway line in Nakhon Si Thammarat that both link the country to Malaysia.

The government has drawn up a couple of solutions to support the rubber farmers which would cost about 25 to 30 billion baht in tax money ($780 to $940 million), but the farmers weren’t satisfied and decided to continue their protest rally.

The blockade caused “severeĀ  inconvenience” for people traveling to and from the south of Thailand, police said, attempting to “peacefully end” the blockade.

However, the rubber farmers have set a deadline for September 3. If their demands are not met by then, they threaten to close “all main highways across Thailand” and to hold a mass protest in front of Government House in Bangkok.

It is understood that the Thai government wants the protests to be contained to the southern provinces and police has been instructed not let them enter Bangkog on September 3, but the farmers have said “they definitely would,” arguing it was their democratic right to protest and furthermore pointed at rice farmers who would get full compensation for dwindling world market prices.

 

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