There has been grave concern for the safety of the 700 residents of Nanongbong village in north-eastern Thailand, since it was attacked by at least 100 unidentified armed men on 15 May. Some of the villagers were assaulted and detained for around six hours during the incident.
It is believed that the attack is connected to opposition to the planned expansion of a local gold mine. Those detained included the leaders of a group that monitors the impact of the gold mining project and opposes its planned expansion. The attack follows reports of increasing threats and intimidation against the villagers in Nanongbong, believed to be as a result of their activities opposing the mine.