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Farmers to rally in Bangkok on Friday
« on: February 24, 2010, 02:06:46 PM »

Farmers to rally in Bangkok on Friday

Farmers from the Central, North and Northeast regions will rally outside Government House on Friday to ask for assistance from the government, Wichian Puanglamjiag, vice chairman of Thai Farmers Association said on Wednesday morning.

Farmers from Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Ang Thong, Sing Buri, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Chainat, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Kampaeng Petch, Pitsanulok, Sukhothai and from several  provinces in the Northeast will travel by pickup trucks and farm tractors to gather in front of Government House, said Mr Wichian.

“Farmers demand concrete measures to help them overcome the  problem of low rice prices  Farmers do not like the farm income guarantee scheme being imposed by the state,” he said.

He denied the rally was politically motivated, saying it was for the survival of all farmers.

“If the demand is ignored, the farmers might join forces with the red-shirts in rallying against the government,” he warned.

The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions will on Friday give its ruling on the seizure of 76 billion baht in frozen assets from ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his family.

Bangkok Post