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Police warn of arson, kidnap plots

Piya says South rubber protest poised to flare

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Protesting rubber farmers in Nakhon Si Thammarat's Cha-Uat district have threatened to torch government office buildings and capture senior officers, Royal Thai Police spokesman Piya Uthayo claimed Tuesday. 

Rubber farmers used burnt police vehicles Tuesday to block the road near Khuan Nong Hong intersection in Nakhon Si Thammarat province's Cha-uat district during their continuing protest over low rubber prices. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

Citing intelligence reports, Pol Maj Gen Piya said some groups intend to use violence and burn government office buildings. They are also planning to capture senior officials, such as the provincial governor and district office chief, he said.

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