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Activists march in bid to block major projects

Mar 10. 2017
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By The Nation

Activists began a long march on Friday from Khao Kuha Mountain in Songkhla to Pakbara in Satun to protest against major development projects.

The activists from Khao Kuha Communal Rights Protection Association, The People’s Network on Mineral, and other organisations launched a 101-kilometres long march “Walk with Love from Mountain to the Sea” to encourage the public and authorities to realise the effects of the major transport and industrial development projects especially in Songkhla and Satun.

The projects will consist of Pakbara and Songkhla deep-water seaport, the railroad link, Thepa coal-fired power plant, the industrial zone and also the landbridge project.

The statement by the groups said these projects will require a large amount of natural resources to support the infrastructure development and industry operation. Moreover, at least three mountains will be demolished for construction material.

The groups urged the government to stop all the development projects related to Songkhla-Satun Landbridge and progress with the developments under the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

The march will continue until next Thursday and the activists will attend the first public hearing on Pakbara seaport project in Satun on the last day.

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