About 10,000 to arrive in capital today in bid to push govt to resign; leader rules out siege of airport
BANGKOK: -- Tens of thousands of farmers, travelling on more than 1,000 farm tractors in a long convoy from the upper northern and central provinces, will today arrive in Bangkok and move to Suvarnabhumi Airport in a concerted attempt to pressure the caretaker government to resign.
They believe the government's exit would remove the legal hurdle impeding funding for the rice-subsidy project.
Meanwhile, another group of farmers plans to file a petition with the Office of the Ombudsman, demanding a probe into the government's rice-pledging scheme, as corruption is suspected to be the reason for the inability to pay the farmers.
Former Chart Thai Pattana Party MP Chada Thaiset, who represents Uthai Thani farmers, led some 15,000 farmers from Uthai Thani, Ayutthaya, Singburi and Ang Thong to Bangkok.
"I decided to lead the convoy because I feel sorry for the farmers and I am fed up with the government's lies about the payment, which never came," said Chada, whose party is a coalition partner of the Pheu Thai-led caretaker government.
Some farmers would be heading to Suvarnabhumi Airport, for a purpose he did not specify. But, they insisted that they would not obstruct air traffic or raid the airport. They only wanted to make a symbolic demonstration. After that, this group of farmers will move to other places.
Makha Bucha Day represents a great deal in terms of the development of Buddhism in Thailand. It is a highly ceremonial event and in Thailand it’s an event that was only recently revived as part of Thai Buddhist tradition. The Supreme Patriarch of the Marble Temple in Bangkok, Kittsobhana Mahathera, did this in 1957. Before 1957, the full moon day of the third lunar month was celebrated as a Buddhist Holy Day. Because of local ceremonies that occupied this day in different parts of the country, the Makha Bucha ceremonies today take on the different flavors of the various locales.
At this time in the evolution of Buddhism and Buddhist principles in Thailand, it is important to understand how the majority of Thai people view Buddha and the Buddhist philosophy.
BANGKOK: -- A core leader of anti-government protests has been reportedly shot dead as he led the protesters to disrupt an election venue in Bangkok's Bang Na district.
Over 300 supporters of People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) were led by Mr. Suthin Tharatin to Sri Eiam Temple in Bang Na to force the shutdown of an advance voting session held there.
However, the protesters encountered a group of Redshirts who were rallying to defend the election venue, and violent clashes ensued. Gunshots and loud explosion were hurt. Mr. Suthin was later shot in his head as he was standing on a loudspeaker truck, witnesses.
A number of people were also injured in the incident. The body of Mr. Suthin and the wounded have been transported to local hospitals.
Media reports identified Mr. Suthin as a prominent activist of PCAD, and a former executive of the New Politics Party, a political arms of the Yellowshirts′ official organisation: the People′s Alliance for Democracy (PAD).
Meanwhile, other smaller clashes and fistfights between anti-election protesters and their opponents were also reported elsewhere in Bangkok.
BANGKOK: -- The body of an American woman missing in Thailand for five days was found in a nature reserve, where she was apparently trampled to death by elephants, police said Thursday.
Seventy people had been searching for the victim, who was identified by the State Department as Lily Glidden. She was found Jan. 18 in the Kaeng Krachan National Park.
"Her arms, her wrists and other parts of the body were broken, so we assumed she was trampled by elephants because no humans could have caused such powerful damage to the body," police Col. Woradet Suanklaai told the Associated Press.
An autopsy will determine the official cause of death.
"Looking at the pictures she took in her camera, we see a lot of animals, birds, snakes, lizards," Woradet told the AP.
"We assumed she wanted to take pictures of elephants because that's what the Kaeng Krachan National Park is famous for. We believed she wanted to find them and take some photos."