News Summary: Thai rubber farmers protest

9/6/2013 1:45 PM
By Associated Press

DEMONSTRATION TURNS VIOLENT: Protesters demanding subsidies for farmers to offset losses from falling world rubber prices clashed with police in southern Thailand, throwing bricks and acid-containing bottles at the officers.

RISING TENSION: Twenty police officers and four rescue volunteers were injured in the clash as protesters blocked a main road in Bang Saphan district in Prachuap Khirikhan province south of Bangkok. The confrontation was fueled by tension that began Thursday evening between the young protesters and the police.

NEGOTIATIONS PLANNED: Thailand's government established a Cabinet-level team to negotiate with the protest leaders. The government has offered to subsidize the farmers with cash payments pegged to the size of their plantations, while the farmers are demanding that they be paid a guaranteed price for their product.

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