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Temple fence in Chachoengsao angers vendors

Hundreds of vendors yesterday threatened to force the abbot of the famous Sothon Wararam Temple in Chachoengsao out of his post over the abrupt installation of an additional fence that has hurt their commercial activity.

"Why has the temple done this? If the abbot is behind this decision then he can't stay here," said Somchai Deesawas, one of the vendors.

The temple attracts a huge number of visitors, who come to pray every day and leave large donations. Stalls around the temple have also been doing brisk trade.

"Why has the temple erected the fence without consulting us first? The fence will affect us. It will destroy our livelihoods," food vendor Krissada Kosayanond said.

They were among more than 300 vendors rallying at the temple.

They also briefly blocked traffic, but agreed to move off the road after negotiation with a local politician.

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