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Anti-coal power plant protesters seek pledge from PM to pursue renewable energy

Nov 18. 2016
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By Pratch Rujivanarom
The Nation

Opponents of the Krabi coal-fired power plant began a meditation protest outside Government House Friday, urging the government to honour its promise to defer construction of the proposed Bt48-billion project.

About 20 members of the Protect Andaman from Coal Network group were protesting against the government’s move allowing the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) to seek contractors for the plant and coal loading pier and invest in a coal mine in Indonesia. 

They said these moves were against the government’s promise to consider the option of renewable energy development in Krabi and delay the coal-fired power plant plan.

The campaign was led by Prasitchai Nu-nuan and Akaradej Chakjinda, who staged hunger strikes against the proposed power plant last year. They meditated outside Government House while some other activists also shaved off their hair.

The coordinator of the anti-coal network, Chariya Senpong, said the group was disappointed with the government’s recent moves on the construction of the coal-fired power plant.

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