30 Thai police officers hurt in clash with protesters rejecting rubber deal
BANGKOK (Reuters/AP) -At least 30 police officers in southern Thailand were injured on Monday in a new round of clashes with demonstrators protesting what they considered to be an inadequate government offer to help rubber farmers, the authorities said.
Around 500 protesters armed with slingshots clashed with riot police firing tear gas on Monday after blocking a highway in southern Thailand in a bid to force the government to increase a subsidy for rubber farmers.
Most farmers groups have agreed in principle to the government's offer of a 21.2 billion baht (S$842 million) subsidy, which works out to around 10 baht per kg.
On top of the current market price of around 80 baht, that would give farmers 90 baht for each kg of rubber they produce, but the farmers protesting on Monday said they wanted income of 120 baht per kg.