Residents of Na Nong Bong and five other villages block the entrance to the Khao Luang Tambon Administrative Office, protesting the meeting scheduled for that morning.
Eyewitness report by Hannah Cohen, Lucy Bostwick, Caroline Campbell, Michael Eckel, Maria Bravo, McKenzie Maidl, and Andrew Limthongviratn. Video by Michael Eckel, edited by Christine Dickerson and Chayanon Ruamcharoen
LOEI – On November 16, 2016, the air outside a local subdistrict office is filled with energy and rally cries. Residents of Na Nong Bong and five other villages of close proximity block the entrance to the Khao Luang Tambon Administrative Office (TAO), protesting the meeting scheduled for that morning. TAO officials are to vote on the renewal of a forest use license for the Phuthapfa gold mining site, operated by Tungkum Ltd (TKL).
If the TAO grants the license, Tungkum Ltd will once again have all the licenses needed to restart operations in the gold mine. As community leaders call out on megaphones, villagers chant for the cancellation of the meeting.
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