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PHUKET CITY: The scene at Phuket Provincial Hall remained quiet late this morning, despite Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej’s announcement earlier that he would not step down – as many had expected – to ease political tensions throughout the country.

Just before noon there were only about 10 members of the Phuket Watch group, a local affiliate of the Peoples’ Alliance for Democracy (PAD), at Phuket Provincial Hall.

Among them was Phuket Watch leader Natjarong Ekpermsup who told the Gazette yesterday afternoon that his group planned to end their occupation of Phuket Provincial Hall grounds last night and move back to Saphan Hin, their usual gathering spot.

However, today PAD members are still stationed at entranceways to Provincial Hall, though the building remains open for service to the public.

Despite reports that the building had been “seized” by the protesters over the past few days, the situation there has been peaceful throughout. Many government officials simply stayed home after the Governor said they did not have to report to work on Monday.

Other government workers joined the PAD protesters outside the building.

Given this morning’s developments, Mr Natjarong told the Gazette just before noon today that he and his group would remain at Provincial Hall and continue to closely monitor the situation in Bangkok. The decision as to whether to move to Saphan Hin would be made later today, he said.

A television screen showing PAD protest activities in Bangkok via the anti-government ASTV remains set up on the grounds of Provincial Hall for this purpose.

Mr Natjarong said he was not surprised by Samak’s address this morning, saying the PM was “playing games” as usual.

Clarifying the situation inside Provincial Hall was Manas Nurak, personal secretary to Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit.

“Provincial Hall re-opened for work as normal on Tuesday, but PAD members have restricted parking lot access for cars of VIPs – the Governor and his deputies. Members of the public who need to conduct business here need to make their way in on foot. Members of the mob have been conducting body searches and looking through people’s bags before allowing them to enter.

All officers here are still working today as normal, though it has been inconvenient for them since they cannot park their cars as usual,” he said.



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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