Thai rubber protesters target southern airport
SURAT THANI, Thailand (AFP) - Thousands of angry rubber farmers blocked the main entrance to an airport in southern Thailand on Wednesday, increasing pressure on the government to provide assistance to cope with a price slump.
The decision to target Surat Thani airport - used by some foreign tourists to travel to the popular island of Koh Samui - appeared to mark an escalation in the action by the farmers.
Airport director Attaporn Nuang-udom said flights were still operating but passengers were forced to use alternative access roads.
"We have notified airlines to ask passengers to gather at a certain place and we'll send a bus to pick them up and drive them to the airport," he said.