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Thai farmers postpone protest

Updated: 2014-02-22 07:27
By Pairat Temphairojana and Panarat Thepgumpanat in Bangkok, Thailand ( China Daily)

Thai farmers, angry about not being paid under a rice subsidy program, called off a tractor drive to Bangkok's main airport on Friday after an assurance they would get their money in a bit of welcome news for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The subsidy program was among the populist policies pioneered by Yingluck's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a former prime minister central to a conflict that has divided Thais for years and triggered protests, violent at times, that have paralyzed parts of the capital for weeks.

The farmers had said they wanted to make a symbolic protest, with no plans to block air traffic as in 2008, when protesters forced Bangkok's two main airports to close for more than a week.

Thai farmers postpone protest