Protesters call for lower cost of living

Protesters call for lower cost of living

A network of labour groups and activists protested in front of Government House on Tuesday, demanding the government reduce the cost of living.

The protest group comprised members of the Labor Network for People's Rights, the Student Administrative Board of Kasetsart University, the Student Government of Chulalongkorn University and the 24 June Democracy group.

The network issued five demands with the first calling for a reduction in the value-added tax from 7% to 5% and halting the excise tax on petrol sales so the price is reduced by about six baht per litre.

The second demand is to increase relief funds for the elderly and handicapped to 3,000 baht per month. Their third demand was for a 50% reduction of tuition costs for the next three years for students of primary schools, high schools and universities.

The fourth demand was that children up to the age of 12 be given 1,200 baht a month. The final demand called for reduced fares on mass rapid transit services and that electricity and water costs be controlled by the government.

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