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<div> <div>A court in Loei has acquitted seven anti-mine activists of coercing administrative officials and violating the controversial public assembly law. Their actions constituted freedom of expression and were merely to protect their community, said the judge. </div> <div> </div> <div>On 19 April 2018, the Loei Provincial Court dismissed a lawsuit against seven members of the Khon Rak Baan Koed group (KRBK), (translated into English as ‘People Who Love Their Home’). </div></div>
<div>On International Women’s Day, police officers pressed charges against seven female villagers for opposing a local gold mine.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 8 March 2016, officers from Wang Saphung Police Station <a href="">pressed charges against seven villagers</a>&nbsp;for protesting against a local gold mine. The seven were accused of threatening officials and violating NCPO Head Order 3/2015, the junta’s ban on public gatherings of five people or more. </div>
<div> <div>A court has dismissed defamation charges filed by a gold mining company against local activists, ruling that the defendants deserve the right to reveal useful information to the public.&nbsp;</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img alt="" src="" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>On 9 November 2016, the Bangkok Criminal Court dismissed the lawsuit filed by Akara Resources Public Company Ltd against Somlak Hutanuwat and Thanyarat Si </div></div>
By Austin Silvan |
<div>As a Canadian Masters student who is researching development practices in Thailand, and works at Prachatai, I often hear and read about conflicts between authorities and activists. After observing interactions between the two groups this past weekend, from the explanations given by the authorities for their interventions at least, it seems like they are there just to help out! Let me explain.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There is an activist group called the New E-saan Movement, which is located in the northeast region of Isaan, in Thailand. </div>
<p>The cabinet has ordered the closure of a controversial gold mine in the northern province of Phichit by the end of 2016, adding that the Labour Ministry will assist about 1,000 mine workers once it closes down. &nbsp;</p>
<p>Thai villagers from seven provinces came together to petition the authorities to resist mining activities, demanding an investigation into health impacts allegedly resulting from mining.</p>