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13 May 2018

Pratch Rujivanarom, The Nation,
Pratch Rujivanarom, The Nation,
Pratch Rujivanarom, The Nation

Thailand: Locals accuse authorities for abandoning human rights by favouring Chinese mining co.; demand to halt mineral exploration

"Locals accuse authorities of negligence, pro-mining firm bias as deadline imposed for ending potash protest", 14 May 2018

...[L]ocal demonstrators publicly criticised the authorities for abandoning human-rights protection and working solely in favour of a Chinese mining company.

...[T]he police...displayed a notice that their protest was against the Public Gathering Act....

The protesters...released a statement highlighting what they said was negligence on the part of the authorities in regard to their duty to protect the people's interest, and their failure to comply with local people's demand to halt the exploration mission and ensure China Mingda Potash Corporation had followed all legal requirements for exploring for the mineral in their communities.

 ...[P]rotesters expressed their disappointment toward the authorities' actions, which they said not only ignored the people's demands, but also overtly facilitated the mission of the Chinese potash-mining company.