Wearing red, the royal color of Thailand,
the people come together in faith
of a sustainable future
for their communal village lands and coastlines.
in faith that Buddhists and Muslims
have the same hands, the same hearts,
the same human needs,
in faith that decisions for growth should be made
by those in the community,
not in ocean distant boardrooms of
Will the factories skipping through Malaysia
while labor there is cheap, keep faith for generations
with a sustained livelihood for those people
or the people of Thailand?
If not, why destroy the Chana district
appropriating common land,
denying fisherman access to the water?
What divine decree says that Profit should be king?
Villagers of the Chana District, Thailand, protest the Thai- Malaysia pipeline that will disembowel their farm and fishing communities so that natural gas can be piped to fuel Malaysian factories. They have resisted efforts to divide them along religious lines.
To all those work together, demanding their right to maintai