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Thai rubber farmers clash with police

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STORY: Rubber farmers in southern Thailand clashed with police on Thursday (September 5) in Prachuap, a province roughly 300 kilometres (186 miles) south of Bangkok, as they threatened to shut down city halls in 14 southern provinces after the government rejected their demands for price rises.

It is part of a deepening crisis that is testing the populist government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Angered by steep price declines, tens of thousands of rubber farmers have taken to the streets for two weeks, blocking roads and railways.

Protesters clashed with baton-wielding police in Prachuap Khiri Khanon province on the main road from Bangkok to the southern beach resort region of Phuket, authorities said.

Local police say at least one officer was injured after acid was thrown in his face and an unknown number of protesters were also injured.

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