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Two activists walk 100km to join Chiang Mai protest over court housing

Aug 25. 2018
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By The Nation

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An environmentalist and a monk walked 100 kilometres from Chiang Mai’s Chiang Dao district to Muang district to join a protest planned Sunday against the new court office and residences that have been built on Doi Suthep.

When they arrived, Nikom Puttha, chairman of the Mae Ping River Conservation Group, and Phra Suthat Suthassano went to the new office of the Appeals Court Region 5 at 12:30 pm to pray for the forests cleared to enable the controversial construction.

Activists are planning the “100 Rivers Rally” for Sunday to demand that the court keep its promise of last week to move from Doi Suthep and thus allow the cleared forests to be replanted.

Nikom and the monk will represent the Ping River at the rally and were the first activists to arrive for the event.

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