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Thai Rubber Farmers Clash with Police
BANGKOK (AP) - A protest by Thai rubber farmers demanding subsidies has turned violent, with police in a southern province saying a group of young demonstrators threw bricks and bottles containing an acidic liquid at them.
Rubber farmers have been blocking roads in several southern provinces to press their demands for compensation as the world market price for rubber has tumbled.
Police Col. Narong Supa-aim said about 50 mostly young protesters out of a group of about 250 blocking a road in Prachuap Khirikhan province attacked his men Thursday evening. He said 10 police including the provincial police chief were slightly injured, and 10 protest leaders were detained but not charged.
The government established a Cabinet-level team on Thursday to negotiate with the protest leaders, with an initial meeting scheduled for Friday.
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