The Doi Suthep Forest Reclamation Network along with its allies will hold a major rally in Chiang Mai on August 26 to demand that buildings in Doi Suthep’s pristine forest be demolished.
The group decided to hold a demonstration after some court officials moved into residences built on the disputed land, the network’s coordinator Teerasak Rupsuwan said.
The Doi Suthep Forest Reclamation Network hopes this rally will pressure the government into demolishing the 45 houses and 9 condominiums built at the foot of Doi Suthep for the Court of Appeals Region 5. The group said some officials had already started occupying these houses, even after the government had previously promised to steer clear from the disputed land, Teerasak said.
On August 26, the protesters will demand a clear answer on how the government will deal with these properties. If the government is unable to provide a satisfactory answer, then the protest will be extended by another three days and this time, the group said they will use black magic and summon evil spirits.