Although most rubber farmers in the North, Northeast, Central Plains and eastern regions have agreed to call off the planned protest Tuesday and to accept the government's subsidy in lieu of a price guarantee, their fellow planters in the South appear determined to step up the protest.
They will probably do that with an expansion of the road and rail blockade which will cut off communication links between the region and the rest of the country. So far, the southern protesters have blocked the main Asian Highway and rail route in Cha-uat district of Nakhon Si Thammarat, but motorists can still travel by taking a detour through Chian Yai district.
Nevertheless, the blockade has caused extensive inconvenience to many commuters and motorists.
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