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Army meets disgruntled villagers

The Army yesterday joined police and provincial administrators in talking to people who set up an illegal village on a 2,000-rai section of an palm oil plantation in Krabi's Plai Phraya district in a bid to have them move out by August 1.

Colonel Charoon Chaturong, commander of the 1st Battalion of the 15th Infantry Regiment in Krabi's Khlong Thom district, joined some 100 officials in the meeting that took place at 11am yesterday.

Thungsong Military District commander Maj-General Sanong Khongyangyeun last week gave the two-month deadline.

After August 1, anyone who refused to move out would face the national security law procedure, the Army said.

The village, which comprises 300 mostly southern families, was set up over a year ago to demand the government allocate land to landless farmers according to a 2003 Cabinet resolution.

The solution for some 70,000 rai covering 14 palm oil plantations that have expired concessions will be tabled before the National Council for Peace and Order, the army said.


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