When Yingluck Shinawatra made her policy announcements as the government took office two years ago, she made several promises to the landless movement. They included the setting up of a land bank to help the landless, issuing community rights land deeds to keep farmland out of landlords' hands, and changes to draconian forest laws to make forest chiefs honour community rights and to stop them harassing forest people. Those promises were only for show.
During the past two years, the landless movement has taken to the street several times to pressure the government to fulfil its pledges.
Every time the government promised to set up committees to speed things up. Every time nothing happened. Last week, the landless from various parts of the country joined the People's Movement for a Just Society (Pmove), a network of grassroots movements, to pressure the government again.
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