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Lingerie protest

If you’re a 40-year-old tapioca farmer and you have a beef about the Cabinet’s recent approval of the tapioca pledging program – not the sexiest of topics – and you want to raise awareness of the issue, what do you do?

Friday 27 January 2012, 03:32PM


The rubber boots are a good touch as tapioca farmer Patcharida Keeratinoppadol makes her point about tapioca.

The rubber boots are a good touch as tapioca farmer Patcharida Keeratinoppadol makes her point about tapioca.

You take your clothes off in public, of course. But you leave your rubber boots on.

At its recent retreat in Chiang Mai, the Yingluck administration approved the 10-million-ton program with a budget of B33 billion. Officials will offer compensation of 2.75 baht per kilogram to tapioca farmers between February 1 and May 31 this year.

Patcharida Keeratinoppadol, a tapioca farmer from Nakorn Ratchassima Province, felt it was all wrong. She argued that the program will prompt buyers to offer even cheaper prices in order to pressure farmers into entering the program.

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Instead of simply submitting her protest letter to officials at Government House and watching it sink without trace into the greyness of the Thai bureaucracy, she stripped off her clothes, revealing lacy black lingerie, and demanded to speak to reporters.

After handing her letter to the press and posing for pictures – which rapidly appeared in all the nation’s daily newspapers – she put her clothes back on again. Job well done.

– TAN/Daily News

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