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Dramatic Island Protest Against Exploration, Court Battle Threatened

SURAT THANI : Tens of thousands of protesters yesterday formed a human link around Koh Samui to show their opposition to four oil exploration projects, heralding what they say could lead to a protracted legal battle.

The protesters, made up of villagers, students, environmental advocates, tourist operators and tourists, formed a human chain along the island’s 52-kilometre ring-road in a dramatic show of opposition to the energy projects, which promise millions of baht in investment money and hundreds of potential jobs.

Fishermen say they will block the exploration work if the projects go ahead.

Meanwhile, a local conservation group led by the Koh Samui mayor says the group will file charges in the Administrative Court if the government refuses to heed its demands by Thursday.

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