R1095 road to Pai closed.

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R1095 road to Pai "closed."

From Thai Visa today
http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/index.php ... try2028114

Route 1095 To Pai Blockaded
As of Tuesday afternoon local garlic farmers wanting higher prices set up a blockade of route 1095 into Pai at the intersection with the road to Wat Chan not allowing any vehicles to pass. I learned about it today at the army checkpoint on the way back from CM who advised us to go around via Mae Sariang. Sure no problem. We continued on down the hill into Pai and all sorts of vehicles were parked on the highway for about half a klick up from the blockade. We parked the truck along the road and walked down to the blockade, where the protesters have set up a large awning in the middle of the intersection. It seemed like a party atmosphere, there was no chanting or protest signs, and the few bib I saw were milling about doing nothing as usual. It's no problem to walk through and we were picked up by friends on the Pai side. The mini busses appeared to be doing something similar. At this time Pai is completely out of fuel and the gas stations are closed.
 

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And another one

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_new ... ?id=128146

FARMERS BLOCK ROAD IN PROTEST

Garlic growers in Mae Hong Son were encamped outside the city and blocked two roads in their protest to urge the government to buy garlic at a guaranteed price on Wednesday.

The protesters gathered at city hall and moved to block a second road in Mae Sarieng district.

Garlic farmers have encamped the Mae Hong Son city hall for the second day, and blocked one entrance to the city hall.

Another group of protestors who gathered at the Mae Sarieng district office moved to block the Mae Sarieng-Chiang Mai highway, disrupting traffic.

The protesters on Tuesday blocked the Pai-Chiang Mai road in Pai district, paralysing traffic.

Nirat Chankaen, the chairman of the Mae Hong Son garlic grower network said that the blockage of the two roads and the protest at city hall was to urge the government to solve their garlic price problem.

The protesters said that they would block the roads until the government approves buying dry garlic at a guaranteed price of 25 baht per kilogramme.

Mae Hong Son governor Thongchai Wongrienthong said the province sent representatives to negotiate with protestors to disperse and unblock roads pending the meeting of the committee in charge of farmer assistance policies. (TNA
 

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Just got off the telephone with B&T who rode solo to Pai. He says they are letting motorbikes through but it is causing a headache for the tourists and mini-vans.

Also B&T says he filled his tank twice today in Pai before doing a couple loops with no problem (no 95 though). :?