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Mine fight turned Thai village into 'war zone'They came in the night about 150 men wearing masks and wielding sticks, knives and guns who swarmed the village of Na Nong Bong in Thailand's northeastern province of Loei, firing into the air while threatening and beating residents.For After a three-year investigation, Fortify Rights published a report this month calling on the Thai government to prosecute members of the militia that carried out the attack, and ensure that the land and water are rehabilitated.Little has been done to reverse the damage in Loei province or elsewhere, and villagers have little recourse, said Sor Rattanamanee Polkla, a rights lawyer who represents the Na Nong Bong villagers.That changed just months after Tungkum began operations in 2006 .As the impacts became more severe, residents of the six villages in Wang Sa Phung district formed KRBKG to demand shuttering of the mine and rehabilitation of the land.The court also ordered compensation to nine villagers of up to 25,000 Thai baht each ($768).
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