The special task force centre to monitor rubber growers’ demonstrations, set up by the Interior Ministry, reported that each protest in different regions would comprise not more than 2,000 people.
Rubber planters said they would hold simultaneous rallies in the northeastern, northern, eastern, central and southern regions. The special centre said the South would see about 5,000 protesters.
The authorities were optimistic that the protests would not escalate as most planters accepted the rubber purchase price at Bt80 per kg with financial assistance for fertilizer from the government.
They said Tuesday’s protests would merely be symbolic and many planters including those in Chiang Rai and Roi Et have decided not to join the demonstrations.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok submitted an urgent letter to Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranond, informing him that police in Nakhon Si Thammarat had not issued warrants to arrest Democrat MPs from the South, Nipit Intarasombat and Thaworn Senneam.
Witthaya Kaewparadai, Democrat MP from Nakhon Si Thammarat, claimed during a parliamentary debate that the authorities would soon issue arrest warrants for the two opposition MPs.
Both men were seen meeting with rubber planters in Nakhon Si Thammarat.