Before leaving for Bangkok, farmer Wai Pongphim, 60, told youngsters at home that his stay in the capital was likely to be a long one. Together with some 20 others from Ban Ta Mui in Ubon Ratchathani's Khong Chiam district, he was leaving to join other villagers from across the country in a rally at Government House.
Members of the People’s Movement for a Just Society (Pmove) set up camp near Government House to call on the Yingluck Shinawatra government to help resolve their plight caused by top-down, environmentally destructive policies. PAWAT LAUPISARNTAKSIN
Mr Wai and friends travelled more than 700 kilometres to the seat of power to demand that authorities let them go back to the land they used to farm for generations, but which was in 1991 made part of Pha Taem National Park.