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Phuket PAD protests continue; government utilities threatened

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PHUKET CITY: About 1,000 protesters marched on Provincial Hall this afternoon in support of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) demonstrations in Bangkok. The PAD wants Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to resign.

The large crowd was bolstered by many people who had turned out to rally against the violence in Bangkok last night that left one PAD member dead and several others injured, resulting in PM Samak declaring a state of emergency in the capital this morning.

Natjarong Ekpermsup, President of Phuket Watch, told the Gazette, “We are here to show our support for the Bangkok PAD, who are trying to oust Samak. We do not want the airport blocked as we need it ourselves so that we can send reinforcements up to Bangkok.

“I can’t say how long the protest will stay here because it really depends on the government. I have contacted the Krabi PAD and told them to protest at their Provincial Hall rather than at their airport.”

Clarifying why protesters were still at Phuket International Airport, he said, “Now, at the airport there are about 200 people who refuse to follow PAD instructions. They are not PAD members, they are just bystanders protesting and we have asked them to join us here at Provincial Hall.”

However, Khun Natjarong forewarned that the PAD may yet step up its campaign. “On September 3 [Wednesday], electricity and water supplies to government offices will be cut off. I think the government is cornered now so they have to hire NorPorKor [“mob agitators”] to try to disrupt peaceful protests.

“In my opinion, Samak’s government announced the state of emergency in Bangkok to divert attention from the main issue, which is him resigning.

“We will meet the governor and ask him to forward our request to the government to stop using violence against the people. There should be no double standards. They should not block the PAD and then allow the United Front for Democracy to do as they please.”

Phuket PAD protesters this afternoon boarded five buses bound for Bangkok. “Protesters from Haad Yai, Surat Thani and Phang Nga will also head to Bangkok to join the PAD rally there,” K. Natjarong said.



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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