Land rights activists plan to meet PM

national May 05, 2018 12:46

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM
THE NATION

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LAND RIGHTS protesters vowed to continue demonstrations in Bangkok until they could meet with the prime minister, despite the Army’s concerns of intervention by a third party.



The People’s Movement for a Just Society (P-Move) announced yesterday that they wanted to meet PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha or at least the ministers of related ministries to ensure that their problems related to land be truly and quickly resolved. They said they would extend their protest at least until the end of the next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

P-Move coordinator Oranuch Phonpinyo revealed that as of yesterday the group had successfully reached an agreement regarding land rights issues of local people with the Interior, Transport, Agriculture and Cooperatives, and Natural Resources and Environment ministries.

However, Oranuch stated that the talks were limited to only officers on the practitioner level, hence P-Move would like to discuss the issues with those higher up the chain of command in the government to make sure that their problems would not be forgotten once the protesters returned home.

“We would like to meet with the PM, because he is the head of the government and can swiftly make decisions to solve our problems. So we will wait for the PM and his Cabinet to return from their mobile Cabinet meeting at Buri Ram,” she said.

As of now, the P-Move protesters have stationed themselves in front of the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry at Rajdamnoen Nok Avenue.

Meanwhile, the commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army General Chalermchai Sitthisart stated that the Army understood the difficulties of P-Move protesters and that they had come to Bangkok because they were genuinely having problems. That’s the reason the Army had not blocked their protest.

However, Chalermchai stated that as the protesters intended to prolong their demonstrations in Bangkok, their decision could allow third parties to seize the opportunity and cause public unrest.

He urged the protesters to return home as soon as possible after they had achieved their goals.

 

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