Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Monday that the provincial governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat and related agencies have been ordered to evaluate the situation and the need for enforcement of the Internal Security Act, concerning the protest by rubber farmers who have blocked the main road that links the South with other regions in the country. She also asked that officials exercise patients in dealing with the protesters.
Meanwhile, National Security Council Secretary-General Pharadon Phatthanathabut, who attended a meeting of security agencies chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Kittirat Na Ranong, disclosed that the government was ready to talk with the 15 representatives of the farmers from the protest sites in the South. The government has designated Mr. Kittirat as its leader in the talks, which are expected to take place on Wednesday.
Lieutenant-General Pharadon expects that protesters will converge in Cha-uad district of Nakhon Si Thammarat and at the agriculture cooperatives in Suratthani on Tuesday. He also expressed optimism that the protest situation down South would improve once the talks take place.