P-Move rally outside UN office

P-Move rally outside UN office

Protesters press government to step up efforts to resolve numerous social problems

A representative of the protesters reads a statement, calling on the government to meet their 15-point list of demands on Saturday outside the UN office in Bangkok. (Photo by Bangkok Post)
A representative of the protesters reads a statement, calling on the government to meet their 15-point list of demands on Saturday outside the UN office in Bangkok. (Photo by Bangkok Post)

Protesters led by the People’s Network for a Just Society (P-Move) and the Four Regions Slum Network (FRSN) gathered outside the UN office in Bangkok on Saturday to demand the government take proactive steps to address problems ranging from land conflicts to ancestral rights violations

It was the second rally in three days at the UN by P-move, which represents grassroots, civic groups and scholars dealing with land conflicts, and FRSN, an advocacy group for marginalised communities. They first aired their grievances outside the UN building on Thursday and moved to Government House on Friday.

The protesters on Saturday announced a 15-point list of demands to be submitted to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, who has been assigned by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to respond to the issues they have raised.

Some of their demands are for the government to step up efforts to support community land ownership and community rights to manage local resources; grant amnesty to those involved in forest land encroachment cases; address problems of the indigenous Karen people in Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi province; and help those living on land owned by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).

On Saturday, representatives of the protesters read a statement, saying they would stage a major rally if the government fails to respond to their demands.


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