via Bangkok Post, 19 and 20 September 2018: Residents in Phimai are protesting against the local Fine Arts Department head over plans to demarcate the entire municipality of Phimai as a historical site.
Villagers opposed to the declaration of Phimai municipality, with its iconic Khmer temple ruins, as a historical site rally in front of the local fine arts office, demanding the chief’s removal, on Tuesday.(Source: Prasit Tangprasert, Bangkok Post 20180919
The Fine Arts Department infuriated many residents in Phimai municipality when it announced earlier it would proceed with the redemarcation of the historical area because nobody had raised objections to the plan within the set 30-day period.
Many residents want only the Khmer temple ruins in Phimai Historical Park and the ancient ponds as a historical site, not the whole municipality.
The protestors say that becuse of Mr Jaruk they live “without confidence and feeling insecure” for fear of eviction, because the new, expanded historical site would include their land and property.
Source: Phimai residents seek official’s ouster in historical-site row | Bangkok Post: news ; Phimai locals step up site plan protest | Bangkok Post: news
via Bangkok Post, 04 March 2018: Developing story over the last week, as residents from Phimai, Nakhon Ratchasima Province protest the planned action of the Fine Arts Department to declare the Phimai area as a historic site. The historic site designation will impose some restrictions such as prohibiting construction over two storeys tall, but some locals are reportedly afraid that they will be evicted. See other related stories in the links below.
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Despite the Fine Arts Department’s move to declare a 2,600-rai area in Phimai Municipality a historic site, a large number of tourists were still visiting the Khmer temple ruins in the Phimai Historical Park in Phimai district on Sunday.
Source: Tourists still flock to Phimai Historical Park
Locals at the ancient site of Bagan are protesting against hotel development projects, accusing some of them to be illegally enlarging their land space and constructing against the law.
Fight to save Bagan
The Nation, 03 November 2014
Most of you would be familiar with the protests going on in Bangkok, which have recently claimed lives due to clashes between the protesters and the authorities. The Fine Arts Department also report that museum visitorships have suffered greatly because of the protests, as the majority of the museums in Bangkok are located near the protest areas, and in some cases protesters have mistakenly stormed the museums!
Museums count conflict cost
Bangkok Post, 10 April 2010
Cambodian officials at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Seville, Spain announced that the meeting refused to consider Thailand’s protest on the listing of Preah Vihear and has continued with its scheduled agenda. There hasn’t been any report of this in the Thai media (not surprising, if this were true), and border tensions are high once again.
photo credit: Metro Centric
Thai claim on temple dismissed
Phnom Penh Post, 25 June 2009
Cambodian PM warns Thailand in border temple row
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 26 June 2009
Thailand, Cambodia spar again over disputed border
AP, via Yahoo, 26 June 2009
Preah Vihear: little love lost among the ruins
Bangkok Post, 26 June 2009
Sabre rattling at Preah Vihear
Bangkok Post, 25 June 2009
Opposition and civil society appeal to the govt not to negotiate with Thailand on Preah Vihear issue
Radio Free Asia, via KI-Media, 24 June 2009
The Cambodian government has closed its borders with Thailand at the site of Preah Vihear, when Thai protesters staged a rally near the checkpoint.
Cambodia shuts Thai border crossing to disputed temple
AFP, 24 June 2008