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Group demands removal of court-owned properties on Doi Suthep

By THE NATION

 

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The new banner released and shared on social media to invite the public to join the rally set on August 26 by the network.

 

THE resolution to build a new office and residences for the Court of Appeals Region 5 in Chiang Rai has nothing to do with the demand to remove the court properties that are already encroaching on the pristine forest on Doi Suthep, a representative of the Doi Suthep Forest Reclamation Network said yesterday.

 

Teerasak Rupsuwan, the group’s coordinator, said the resolution stopped short of clearly addressing the issue of properties on Doi Suthep, adding that the group will hold a rally on August 26 to demand the removal of all disputed properties.

 

At least 45 houses plus nine condominiums built for the Court of Appeals are said to be encroaching on the forest of Doi Suthep.

Meanwhile, Teerasak cited the 20 years it has taken to gain permissions and complete the project, saying it is worried nothing will be done if a deadline is not set. 

 

“How long will we have to wait for the properties on Doi Suthep to be relocated?” Teerasak asked, adding that residents in the nine condominiums should move down to the court-owned four condos outside the disputed area. 

 

The group will be meeting provincial authorities on Thursday, and expect to see clear answers during the rally, Teerasak said. 

 

The Judicial Administration Commission held a meeting in Chiang Rai province last Friday and decided to have the Judiciary Office negotiate with the Department of Agriculture to use its land for the construction of office and residences for the Court of Appeals Region 5. A new budget will be sought for this project.

 

The Judiciary Office’s secretary-general, Sarawut Benjakul, said that once this project was completed, the Court of Appeals Region 5 and residences on Doi Suthep would be moved to the new location. The new compound will be no bigger than 40 rai and only condominiums will be built to save space. 

 

The court will be handed over the final phase of the project on August 24, Sarawut said. He added that the court will seek advice from the government on how to hand over the disputed land, and would be up to the government to decide. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30352007

 
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4 hours ago, webfact said:

He added that the court will seek advice from the government on how to hand over the disputed land, and would be up to the government to decide. 

 

I feel a committee coming..........:giggle:

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Not sure I would describe the area as pristine from what I've seen of it🤔

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Instead of announcing demands, why don't the protesters go down the legal route through the courts? Oh, er, hang on a minute......

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I back the protesters 100%, they protest the police will arrest them, take them to court to face the people they are protesting about.

Protesters are in a no- win situation, the judiciary think they are above others, a law unto themselves

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29 minutes ago, colinneil said:

I back the protesters 100%, they protest the police will arrest them, take them to court to face the people they are protesting about.

Protesters are in a no- win situation, the judiciary think they are above others, a law unto themselves

"Sometimes when a person is in a no-win situation, there's nothing to lose except winning." - Srikcir

Doi Suthep development is but a single battle. The war is defiance to unelected and unrestrained authority.

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