5,000 riot police on stand-by in southern Thailand

Rubber farmers in Thailand took to the streets again on Monday to demand that the government buy their produce at prices higher than the market, rejecting a subsidy offered last month and threatening violence if their demands are not met.

Around 300 rubber farmers gathered in Bang-saphan district, around 300 km (190 miles) south of Bangkok, blocking a main road with trees and trucks, police said.

They want the government to buy rubber sheet from them at 100 baht (2 pounds) per kg, more than a third higher than the market price on Monday of 73 baht.

“If the government doesn’t agree to our proposal, we will escalate the protest and it will be violent,” Tossapol Kwanraud, one of the protest’s leaders.


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