Thai local fisherman holds fishes during a protest to demand the increase of their fishing limits outside the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in Bangkok, Thailand, Feb. 4, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
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Thailand's nomadic fishermen Thursday urged the government to help resolve a dispute over access to ancestral shrines on land taken over by developers, following violence in which dozens were injured last month.The "Chao Lay," or "people of the sea," drew public attention in 2004, when most of them managed to escape the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 250,000 people by relying on their intimate knowledge of the sea.The nomadic fishermen, who live on the shores of Thailand and Myanmar, have been embroiled in a dispute with Baron World Trade Ltd., which is developing property on the tourist island of Phuket, about 840 kilometers (520 miles) south of Bangkok, the capital.
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