Mekong Utility Watch

Gangsters beat up protest villagers

Bangkok Post
November 21, 2000

About 200 men yesterday staged a violent raid on a village founded by anti-dam protesters on the crest of the Pak Moon dam in Ubon Ratchathani’s Khong Chiam district.

The unidentified assailants left 30 villagers injured, two of them seriously.

Some villagers blamed the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

The Campaign for Popular Democracy said the raid took place about 3pm on the Mae Moon Mun Yuen 1 village, set up two years ago as part of a marathon protest against Egat.

The CPD issued a statement denouncing the action, which it attributed to those holding state power.

It accused the caretaker government of having colluded with the raiders.

The CPD called on Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai and Interior Minister Banyat Bantadtan to justify the use of violence against innocent villagers.

The government should refrain from taking any action over problems involving the Pak Moon dam and leave them for the next government to solve, it said.

Categories: Mekong Utility Watch

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