EEC mustn't steamroll locals' rights

EEC mustn't steamroll locals' rights

Residents of Yothaka community in Chachoengsao's Bang Nam Priao district saw the military step in directly and shut down their meeting over land expropriation for the now-unpopular Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the government's self-described signature economic programme. (Photos FB/landwatchthai)
Residents of Yothaka community in Chachoengsao's Bang Nam Priao district saw the military step in directly and shut down their meeting over land expropriation for the now-unpopular Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the government's self-described signature economic programme. (Photos FB/landwatchthai)

An hour after a public forum on land disputes in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) zone started on Thursday in tambon Yothaka in Chachoengsao's Bang Nam Prieo district, military personnel and security officers from the Internal Security Operation Command arrived at the scene and took over the stage. They describe their intervention as an act to "listen to the people".

The discussion, co-hosted by local people, activists and journalists, was meant to be an open platform for farmers to voice their concern over land grabbing as a result of government development projects.

Paritta Wangkiat is a columnist, Bangkok Post.

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Paritta Wangkiat is a columnist for the Bangkok Post.


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