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Rubber farmers feel betrayed by NCPO

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Thai rubber farmers who supported anti-government protests that led to a military coup in May say they feel betrayed because the ruling military is failing to help soften the blow of plunging rubber prices. 

Thailand is the world's largest rubber producer and exporter, but falling prices and a decision by the military not to extend subsidies risks alienating rubber farmers, most of whom are in the south.

Rubber farmer Somkid Unping joined demonstrations that began late last year aimed at bringing down the populist government of then prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Somkid from Surat Thani said his hopes for a better deal for rubber farmers in return for their loyalty had been dashed.

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