Railway and roads linking South with central region blocked by rubber farmers

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BANGKOK, 27 August 2013 Road and rail traffic to the south encountered obstacles on Monday when rubber farmers gathered in Nakhon Si Thammarat to block off the southern rail line and two roads that provide communication between the South and the central region. 

Suphon Attathawong, a deputy secretary-general to the prime minister, on Monday negotiated with the rubber farmers and succeeded in persuading most of the demonstrators to agree to the government’s promise to guarantee the unprocessed rubber sheet price at no less than 80 baht per kilogram, the scrap rubber price at no less than 40 baht per kilogram, and the latex price at no less than 75 baht per kilogram.

Most of the demonstrators were satisfied with the promise and lifted their blockades of the road and the rail line, but around 200 demonstrators were still unsatisfied and maintained their blockade. Asia Road number 41, the main link to the South, remained blocked on the early morning of Tuesday. National Police chief Adul Saengsingkaew has arranged for Nakhon Si Thammarat police to be reinforced by hundreds of policemen under the jurisdiction of Region 8 Police, in their drive to ensure that other roads that still allow traffic to flow to the South remain unblocked.