Southern rubber growers block road, urging talks with government

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PRACHUAB KHIRI KHAN, Oct 26 – Rubbers growers from 16 southern provinces blocked road in this seaside province, demanding talk with government to solve falling rubber prices.

Theerapong Kaewnuan, leader of the Prachuab Khiri Khan rubber growers network, together with representatives from 16 other rubber growers networks in the southern region, continued protesting at Petchakasem Road in Bang Saphan Noi district which began yesterday.

The protesters submitted their complaint letter to the district chief, urging the government to quickly resolve a response to the falling rubber prices and demanding that Deputy Premier Pracha Promnog and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na Ranong meet them for negotiations.

Their demands also include the transfer of Prachuab Khiri Khan police commander from the province, as well as dropping legal charges against the protesters.

Assessing the situation, Mr Theerapong said it is unlikely any government representative will meet with the protesters by noon.

He said there are several moves to intensify the protest, adding that closing part of the Bang Saphan-Nong Hat Thai route will be the final step, which could paralyse southern traffic.

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