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July 26, 2007

Farmers rally for debts suspension
More than 7,000 farmers gathered outside Thailand's Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives here on Thursday, demanding that the minister speed up decision-making to suspend their debts and support their products.

The demonstration started Thursday morning and caused serious traffic congestion near the area. Charin Duangdara, a leader of the gathering, said the farmers have asked the government to help them who are suffering from loss due to low prices of agriculture products.

They have asked for suspension of their debts with the Agriculture Bank and for the government to buy their agriculture products at market prices. However, the protesters said the ministry has earlier promised to consider their proposal, but it is yet to give them the answer. The debt-ridden farmers complained that they are yet to be met by any government representative. Xinhua

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