Yesterday, impoverished rice farmers in Thailand warned the government that they will take action if they do not receive their promised rice subsidies. Without the subsidies, they have nothing to live on – they are desperate and their have been suicides among the farmers who see no hope for their future. The director of the Government Savings Bank resigned from office today, according to a message from Thai PBS, “to show responsibility for the interbank bank extension to the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.”
In the latest report, the National Anti-Corruption Council has filed charges against PM Yingluck “relating to irregularities in the government’s rice-buying scheme, and it summoned her to appear to face the charges on February 27.”
Jokes are already circulating about the PM being jailed. Today’s events are significant in Thailand’s future – and for the future of everyone who loves this country. We all hope it stays peaceful up there in the capital and that there are no more needless deaths.