Residents protest against Fine Arts Department’s takeover of their land

About 400 residents from households in Tambon Pimai municipality have challenged a recent announcement by the Fine Arts Department declaring 2,400 rai of land in the municipal area an archaeological site.

The residents claimed that they have been living in the area which is placed within the archaeological site since their ancestors, with several of them showing their legal land ownership rights, said Mr Danai Tangjerdja, the mayor of Tambon Pimai municipality.

He added that the residents felt that the move of the Fine Arts Department was unfair and they would protest against the department in order to protect their ancestral land.

Initially, Mr Danai said the protesting residents would resort to negotiations with officials of the department and, later on, take the case to the Administrative Court if the department refuses to revoke the announcement and to exclude their land from the archaeological site.