Thousands of people rally in Chiang Mai’s old city on Sunday demanding the demolition of houses built for juristic officials in the foothills of Doi Suthep in Mae Rim district. (Photo by Cheewin Sattha)
CHIANG MAI: Thousands of people marched along Ratchadamnern Road in Muang district of this northern province on Sunday morning, demanding that housing being built for justice officials of the 5th Regional Appeals Court at Doi Suthep be demolished.
The protesters, wearing green ribbons to signify “people with green hearts”, represented 47 different organisations but were united in their determination to see the housing demolished and the forest restored to the construction site in the foothills of Doi Suthep.
From Tha Phae city gate in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city, they marched along Ratchadamnern Road to pay homage to the statue of the Three Kings and prayed that the pristine environment be restored.
The protesters shouted the word “te-kwang”, a word in the northern dialect that means “demolition”, before dispersing after about two hours. The demonstration remained peaceful.
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Video from @DoiSuthepMountain Facebook account