“We definitely will not go home. We came from Krabi and every one of us are prepared to get arrested because that is insignificant. We will see how long the government will side with the investors,” said Mr Prasitchai Nunuan, coordinator of the Network to Protect Andaman from Coal and leader of the protest movement.
The committee’s endorsement of the project clearly shows that the government has completely ignored the voices of the people in Krabi and has always been supportive of the project from the start, said Prasitchai, citing the government’s use of Section 44 to change the Krabi’s town plan and the delay in the environment impacts assessment study.
The protest group, mostly from Krabi province, has been rallying in front of the Government House to follow up the NEPC’s decision on the controversial project.
The committee meeting on Friday was chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha who earlier asked the protesters not to come to Bangkok to protest against the project.
A feasibility study commissioned by the government shows that the coal-fired power plant is most viable, safe and does not pose a threat to the environment as feared by the project opponents.