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Farmers rally at police station

Some 100 farmers rallied outside a police station in Ratchaburi's Pak Tho district after police summoned their five leaders over the Rama II Road blockade from February 1-6, demanding payments under the rice-pledging scheme.

The group claimed the road blockade was according to their written agreement on January 25 with deputy governor Narong Krongchon and district chief Pairat Chanhom that stated if they didn't get paid by January 31, they would block the Rama II Road, hence police could not file charges against their leaders.

Ratchaburi deputy chief Pol Colonel Supat Cheychid said no one had been charged yet. The farmers' presumed leaders asked police to put it on record that the Rama II Road blockade from February 1-6 was led by no one in particular. They said it followed a decision to protest by the affected farmers. The farmers also presented their certificates for the pledged rice to file police complaints against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and those accused of fraud against the farmers.

In Ayutthaya, the Thai Agriculturist Association held a meeting to discuss possible solutions to the rice-pledging scheme, including participation by rice mill operators, and the establishment of a confederation of agriculturists to coordinate between farmers and the government on setting policies.


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