Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong looks to have his work cut out for him in leading the government's attempt to end the rubber protests.
Crowd-control police, undeterred by rain, stood ready Wednesday as about 3,000 rubber farmers marched from Surat Thani Cooperative office in Phunphin district to block the junction of Highway No.41 and No.417, about 700 metres from the provincial airport. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)
His ancestors were the people who first introduced rubber trees and plantations to southern Thailand in the early 1900s.
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