Protesters under lockdown delay hearing on Songkhla mega project

Public hearings on an industrial mega project in the southern province of Songkhla have been postponed after locals and activists – led by a 17-year-old – warned that a nationwide coronavirus lockdown could see the plans approved with little scrutiny.

The hearings for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in coastal Songkhla province, which aims to build a deep-sea port, a power plant and several factories, were scheduled for May 14-20.

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