There is no question that the road and train blockade in Nakhon Si Thammarat's Cha-uat district by protesting rubber planters is unacceptable, unjustified and disruptive. It is unnecessarily causing hardship to tens of thousands of innocent motorists and commuters who have to use the routes for travelling.
There is little doubt, too, that the protest has been politicised by both the government and the opposition Democrat Party.
The Democrats have accused the government of double standards for refusing to help the rubber planters, simply because most of the rubber plantation fields are in the South, which is the opposition's traditional political stronghold.
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