Authorities Briefly Detain, Intimidate Isan Activists Against Petroleum Explorations

Volunteer defense officers line up along the main road to protect Apico Company convoy in Khon Kaen on 16 Feb 2015 [Prachatai English].  

(Prachatai English)

BANGKOK – Thai authorities continue to suppress local activists and villagers who are against the petroleum exploration in villagers in Thailand’s Northeast.

According to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the military on 25 February brought Thawatchai Surat, a northeastern energy activist, to Buriram Muang Police Station and forced him to sign an agreement not the campaign against an petroleum operator.

However, Thawatchai refused to sign any paper.   

Thawatchai is one of the activists who has been campaigning against the petroleum exploration of Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum, a Chinese petroleum company,  in the northeastern provinces of Buriram, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, and Surin.

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