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Protesting farmers block the Asian Highway

The Asian Highway will be blocked in five Northern provinces today by farmers who will protest to oust the government after they failed to make the payment they promised today.

President of the Network for Northern Farmers farmer leader Kittisak Ratanawaraha said now farmers from Phichit, Nakhon Sawan, Sukhothai, Kamphaengpet and Phitsanulok are prepared for the next move to block the highway after they did not receive farmers protestmoney from the bank as they were earlier promised. He said instead of calling for money, now farmers will press for the ouster of the caretaker government he went on to say that farmers will block the Asian Highway from Phitsanulok to Nakhon Sawan at Yaek Po-ngam intersectin in Bung Narang district on Friday.

Some farmers from Phichit were paid but many were not after they were told that the bank has been allocated merely180 million baht. Meanwhile farmers in some northeastern provinces were also paid for their rice today. A total of 40,000 farmers in Maha Sarakham province in the Northeast sold rice to the government under the rice-pledging scheme. Now 10,000 of them were paid but the rest were not paid yet.

 

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