Rubber farmers protest in South over low sale prices

Rubber farmers protest in South over low sale prices

Over 200 rubber farmers rallied in Nakhon Si Thammarat on Sunday demanding the coalition government fulfill its promise to make rubber prices between 60 baht and 65 baht per kilogramme.

The actual price of rubber now is only 30 baht per kg, said Kamon Khaothong, a protest leader.

The protesters started out in the morning at Khuan Nong Hong intersection on Asian Highway No 41 in Cha-uat district, a location previously used to stage a massive protest demanding intervention in rubber prices during the Yingluck Shinawatra administration.

The protesters came from the rubber-growing southern provinces including Phatthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Satun, Krabi and Surat Thani.

A stage was set up for speakers who took turns giving speeches criticising southern government MPs for not keeping their promise about rubber prices, while a number of tents were erected to shield protesters from the sun.

At around 11am, the protesters travelled in more than 10 cars to the home of two government MPs in Nakhon Si Thammarat -- Democrat MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat Thepthai Senpong and Palang Pracharath Party MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat Rong Bunsuaykhwan.

They first visited Mr Thepthai's house in Phra Phom district but the MP wasn't home. Shortly after, the protesters moved on to Mr Rong's house in Muang district.

Mr Rong came out to speak to them and promised to relay their demand to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai and Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on as, which satisfied the protesters for the time being. They agreed to disperse.

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