Thailand’s ‘P-move’ protesters resume march to demand civil, land rights

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P-move demonstrators, who have been camping in front of the United Nations building on Ratchadamnoen Road for the past five days, resumed their protest march towards Government House this morning (Monday) to press their 15-point demand for civil and land rights.

Some of their demands include the ceasing of forced relocations of forest dwellers who settled there before the declaration of national parks or forest reserves, ensuring basic utilities for the public, upholding of the basic rights of ethnic minorities and solving land rights disputes such as the ethnic Karen rights to settlement in Kaeng Krachan national park.

The protesters, who come from different activist and civic groups, are seeking a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, in his capacity as head of a committee set up a year ago to address their demands, whom they accuse of failing to address any of their demands.

The group said that they decided to draft their 15-point demand for submission to the cabinet, hoping that it will be taken for consideration, after General Prawit’s failure to do so.

They also said that they would not engage in any more talks with government representatives, but would like the deputy prime minister to receive their demand personally and take it to the cabinet. Failing that, they are threatening to escalate their protests.

 

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service

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