Farmers in hundreds of farm trucks heading to Bangkok

Tens of thousands of farmers from the lower northern and central regions in several hundreds of farm trucks and pickup trucks are now heading for Bangkok to demand immediate payment for their rice. The first group of farmers are expected to arrive late this afternoon in Bangkok to join their colleagues at the Commerce Ministry.

Latest report said the long convoy of farmers riding in their E-tan and E-tek farm trucks which moved as slowly as 20 kilometers an hour are in In-buri district. Their convoys of over a hundred of farm trucks caused inbound traffic on the Phaholyothin to a standstill as they travel on all lanes.

The farmers from Uthai Thani, Nakhon Sawan, Lopburi, Ang Thong, Singburi, headed to Bangkok from various meeting points but with the one destination, the Commerce Ministry.

Along the way to Bangkok,  farmers were disrupted by red-shirt supporters .

In Lopburi  a  former ruling Pheu Thai party MP Phichai Kiatvinaisakul and a number of red-shirts urged them not to protest in Bangkok.

He accused farmers of being a tool of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). But when farmers told them they just went to demand their money and nothing to do with politics, the angry former Pheu Thai party MP cursed and  expelled farmers out of Lopburi.

Along the way to Bangkok, police set up several checkpoints along the Phaholyoth and Asian Highway to prevent clashes between farmers and red-shirt supporters of the government who wanted to stop them.

The first group of 2,000 farmers from  Nakhon Sawan and Uthai Thani are expected to arrive in Bangkok late this afternoon.

Central farmers from Uthai Thani and Lopburi started their long march yesterday to join their colleagues now already in Bangkok.

They came from  400 villages in Uthai Thani on  in E-tan, E-tek farm trucks to a meeting point at the Otop centre in Muang Uthai Thani district before starting the long journey together to Bangkok.