(21 February) A Redshirt leader has demanded that the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Co-Operatives clarify its stance regarding an incident in which Redshirts supporters were told off by its bank staff.
The incident took place in Nakhon Ratchasima when 50 Redshirts led by Pheu Thai MP Prasert Chantraruangthong attempted on Thursday to deposit a sum of 30 million baht into their BACC accounts in order to sustain the bank′s liquidity.
The BAAC is currently suffering credit insufficiency after it failed to receive a loan from the Government Savings Bank (GSB). The loans were cancelled following protests organised by the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD).
BAAC will need to have sufficient currents to sustain their liquidity, before it is able to make payments to farmers in the Rice-Pledging Scheme sponsored by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
However, when Mr. Prasert and his group arrived at a local BAAC branch to deposit their money, a female bank official shouted "No! Get out!" at the Redshirts.
Another male bank employee also reportedly shoved at a Redshirt supporter. The two were separated before the fistfight ensued.
Today the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) core leader, Mr. Natthawut Saikua, stated that BAAC needs to declare its stance regarding the issue, in order to assure the Redshirts supporters that they are welcomed for financial service.
Mr. Natthawut also urged the bank managers to punish those involved in the confrontation as a token of their sincerity.
However, if BAAC remains silent about the issue, Mr. Natthawut said he will summon the Redshirts to rally in front of every BAAC branch in the country to demand for the answer.
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