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Rice-Pledging Scheme

Anti-government protesters rally at Office of the Auditor General

Photo : Tatchadon Panyaphanitkul

Photo : Tatchadon Panyaphanitkul

Buddha Issara on Monday morning led protesters to rally in front of the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), urging them to follow up on the investigation into the government's controversial ricepledging scheme.

The monk, who is one of core rally leaders, supervises the rally site in front of the Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road.

The procession left the rally site at 9am with protesters travelling by car and bus to the agency in Finance Ministry's compound on Rama VI road.

The group met with the rice farmers who have been protesting there in recent week. The farmers' leader however said that his group of protesters, who come from the north, northeast and the central regions, would not join other groups of farmers as their protest focuses only on payments for the rice pledging scheme.

Meanwhile, another group of rice farmers, who have been protesting at the Commerce Ministry in Nonthaburi, later joined the monk's rally.

No government officials came to work at the Finance Ministry on Monday morning. The monk is calling on the OAG to expedite its investigation into irregularities and the government's failure in the ricepledging scheme. He intends to return within seven days.


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