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HEADLINE: Inbrief: Anti-Hmong rally

Nan About 700 villagers rallied at Chiang Klang district office yesterday to protest against alleged watershed encroachment by Hmong tribespeople.

They alleged 5,000 Hmong from Bang Pang Kae and Maneepruek in Thung Chang district, and another 7,000 from Ban Paklang in Pua district had encroached on 16,000 rai in the Doi Phu Wae-Pha Daeng forest reserve.

Land had been cleared to grow lychee, ginger and cabbage, causing the Nam Pue stream, which supplies the district, to dry up, they claimed.