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Thai Political Protests (2010)
Thai government delays draft rubber law amid farmers' discontent

Thailand's government postponed debate on a draft rubber law on Thursday after coming under pressure from rubber farmers' groups to scrap the law, the deputy agriculture minister said. The draft aims to set up a Rubber Authority of Thailand that would include farmers and representatives from the public and private sectors to oversee policy and prices, but protesters are concerned small-time farmers will be left out. Deputy Agriculture Minister Amnuay Patisse said he had invited rubber groups to discuss ways to fix the draft law "so that this piece of legislature truly belongs to rubber farmers and pleases all sides". Around 50 Thai rubber farmers gathered outside...