Thai Opposition to Potash Mine Becomes Community-Wide Fight

Nuentang Taamain
Entering the North-Eastern Thai village of Ban Nonsomboon, one could be fooled by the appearance of rural tranquility: Children, parents and elders chat amongst themselves, relaxing in hammocks and sharing baskets of freshly cooked sticky rice. It doesn't take long, however, to notice the banners, stickers and posters throughout the community declaring, "No to Potash Mining!" Green flags signifying a commitment to a toxic-chemical-free zone wave in the breeze.