Rice farmers besiege Thai PM's office as protesters surround government HQ




 
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Rice farmers besiege Thai PM's office as protesters surround government HQ
 
February 17th, 2014  
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Topic: Rice farmers besiege Thai PM's office as protesters surround government HQ


Rice farmers besiege Thai PM's office as protesters surround government HQ
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Hundreds of unpaid Thai rice farmers swarmed around the temporary office of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday, threatening to storm the building if the beleaguered premier did not come out and speak to them. The escalation of the protest by farmers, who have not been paid for crops sold to the government under a state rice-buying scheme that helped sweep Yingluck's Puea Thai Party to power, came as thousands of demonstrators seeking to unseat the prime minister surrounded the government's headquarters. Live television pictures showed farmers climbing over barbed wire fences and barriers at the Defence Ministry compound in north Bangkok where Yingluck has set up temporary offices. The farmers have mostly kept apart from a broader anti-government protest movement, about 10,000 of whose members surrounded the prime minister's main Government House offices in central Bangkok early on Monday.




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