Date of Release:
Jul 27 2015
A public hearing on the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand's proposed coal-fired power plant in Songkhla's Thepha district opened amid tight security on Monday, with the project's opponents prevented from entering.
Coils of barbed wire were stretched around the office of Pak Bang tambon administration organisation, the venue for the hearing, to prevent villagers who oppose the project from getting inside.
About 1,500 soldiers and police were deployed around the TAO office. Another 500 defence volunteers from various villages were deployed inside the TAO compound.