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Hunger strikes, protests to oppose Thailand's plan for coal plants on Andaman Coast

  • In this Monday July 20, 2015 photo, a protester holds a placard outside the Prime Minister's office in Bangkok during a demonstration opposing a proposed coal power plant in southern Thailand. The popular tourist beaches near southern Thailand's Andaman Coast may soon play host to an unlikely new fixture: an 800-megawatt coal power plant. The plans have sparked an outcry in the typically tranquil Krabi province, famed for its white sand and picturesque limestone cliffs. (AP Photo/Ted Andersen)

    In this Monday July 20, 2015 photo, a protester holds a placard outside the Prime Minister's office in Bangkok during a demonstration opposing a proposed coal power plant in southern Thailand. The popular tourist beaches near southern Thailand's Andaman Coast may soon play host to an unlikely new fixture: an 800-megawatt coal power plant. The plans have sparked an outcry in the typically tranquil Krabi province, famed for its white sand and picturesque limestone cliffs. (AP Photo/Ted Andersen)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday July 20, 2015 photo, Dadodin Patavatto a Buddhist monk, leads a silent march to the Prime Minister's office in Bangkok to demonstrate against a proposed coal power plant in southern Thailand. The popular tourist beaches near southern Thailand's Andaman Coast may soon play host to an unlikely new fixture: an 800-megawatt coal power plant. The plans have sparked an outcry in the typically tranquil Krabi province, famed for its white sand and picturesque limestone cliffs. (AP Photo/Ted Andersen)

    In this Monday July 20, 2015 photo, Dadodin Patavatto a Buddhist monk, leads a silent march to the Prime Minister's office in Bangkok to demonstrate against a proposed coal power plant in southern Thailand. The popular tourist beaches near southern Thailand's Andaman Coast may soon play host to an unlikely new fixture: an 800-megawatt coal power plant. The plans have sparked an outcry in the typically tranquil Krabi province, famed for its white sand and picturesque limestone cliffs. (AP Photo/Ted Andersen)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday July 20, 2015 photo, Dadodin Patavatto a Buddhist monk, leads a silent march to the Prime Minister's office in Bangkok to demonstrate against a proposed coal power plant in southern Thailand. The popular tourist beaches near southern Thailand's Andaman Coast may soon play host to an unlikely new fixture: an 800-megawatt coal power plant. The plans have sparked an outcry in the typically tranquil Krabi province, famed for its white sand and picturesque limestone cliffs. (AP Photo/Ted Andersen)

    In this Monday July 20, 2015 photo, Dadodin Patavatto a Buddhist monk, leads a silent march to the Prime Minister's office in Bangkok to demonstrate against a proposed coal power plant in southern Thailand. The popular tourist beaches near southern Thailand's Andaman Coast may soon play host to an unlikely new fixture: an 800-megawatt coal power plant. The plans have sparked an outcry in the typically tranquil Krabi province, famed for its white sand and picturesque limestone cliffs. (AP Photo/Ted Andersen)  (The Associated Press)

The popular tourist beaches near southern Thailand's Andaman coast may soon play host to an unlikely new fixture: an 800-megawatt coal power plant.

The plan to build a coal-fired plant in Krabi province, known for its white-sand tranquility, has prompted protests in the capital, an ongoing hunger strike and opposition from environmentalists and the country's tourism industry.

More than 100 protesters rallied Monday outside the prime minister's office in Bangkok. Protesters oppose the state power authority's plan push ahead with a bidding process for the plant's construction before an environmental impact assessment has been completed.

Despite Thailand's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, its state power authority envisions building nine coal power plants in the south over the next two decades.