Protesters march to support unpaid rice farmers

national February 07, 2014 00:00


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Thai anti government protesters show off a long line of bank notes donated by them during a march at Silom, a major business district in Bangkok, Friday.

Thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched through Bangkoks main business district to raise money for rice farmers who have not been paid for their crops by the government. About a million farmers are owed more than 100 billion Thai baht (three billion US dollar or 2.2 billion euro) by the government under its rice-pledging scheme, a policy that helped the ruling Pheu Thai Party win the 2011 general election, but has now run out of funds.