Arrest warrants issued for 6 rubber protest leaders for blocking roads


BANGKOK, 28 August 2013 The national police office has asserted authorities will not use force to dissolve the protest of the rubber farmers in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Meanwhile, the court has issued arrest warrants for 6 of the protest leaders. 

Royal Thai Police spokesman Piya Uthayo said the arrest warrants were issued on Chayanin Khongsong and 5 other protest leaders for their actions which threatened the safety of commuters on public commuting routes.

Police Major General Piya asserted the police will emphasize peaceful negotiations to resolve the roadblocks by the rubber farmers.

According to the spokesman, there were two groups involved in the protest, one comprising farmers who were troubled by the falling rubber price, and the other comprising those with political motives who were backed by certain political parties. Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya said this meant a conclusion will be difficult to reach, and close monitoring of the situation must commence. He also revealed that national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew has ordered an opening of a center to fully monitor developments at the roadblocks and to constantly evaluate the situation.