JUST as Chiang Mai protesters demanding the demolition of judges’ residences at the foot of the famous Doi Suthep mountain set a one-week deadline for the government to resolve this thorny issue, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha also came out to ask for ideas on how to tackle it, INN News reported this morning (April 30).
Speaking to reporters before presiding over a key meeting after return from the 32nd Asean Summit in Singapore, Gen Prayut said he understood the hopes and aspirations of all Thai people, but if they were sitting where he now it, then everything starts with the law.
So when it comes to the judges homes on Doi Suthep, this project is not wrong according to the law, but local people consider it a matter of forests.
This being the case, what is the government to do, Gen Prayut queried, then asking the public to come up with ideas on resolving this issue.
Meanwhile, Mr Thirasak Rupsuwan, a coordinator of a network asking for the return of Doi Suthep land on which the judges homes have been built, said the government had 7 days until May 6 to dismantle these homes and if this is not done by then, the protest will be stepped up.
He added that yesterday’s protest was successful drawing around 5,000 people with another 7,000 signing up on the network’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/DoiSuthepMountain.
Top: Prime Minister Prayut presiding over a meeting of the Commission for Reform to Prepare for Changes under Thailand 4.0 Policy this morning. Photo: INN News
In-text: The big rally against judges homes on Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai yesterday. Photo: INN News