(9 January) Hundreds of farmers in Buriram province have gathered to demand the payment for the rice they had sold to the government's rice-pledging scheme months ago.
Approximately 2,000 farmers from Mueang district and Lamplaimas district rallied in front of the Buriram City Hall today.
They also set a deadline for the government to start paying them by 15 January, and threatened to escalate the protest if their demand is not met.
Mr. Pramuan Bo-thai, the representative of the farmers stated that the government was supposed to pay them 3-4 months ago. Now they are struggling financially, Mr. Pramuan said, as they are unable to repay their debts and sustain the family budget.
If they do not hear from the government by next Wednesday, farmers from every district will close down government complex in the province, or march to Bangkok until they receive the payment, Mr. Pramuan warned.
The protesters disbanded after Mr. Thongchai Lue-Adul, Governor of Buriram Province, met with the protesters and promised to submit the protesters’ demands to the government and the Ministry of Commerce.
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