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Phuket PDRC factions unite for mass protest

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PHUKET: The two factions of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) anti-government protesters in Phuket united today to march through Phuket Town and stage a motorcade along Phuket’s west coast.

The Krabot Rak Chart faction led by former Rassada Mayor Suratin Lian-udom massed in front of the Phuket Revenue Office on Narisorn Road, before joining fellow PDRC supporters led by Amnuay Kumban and Theerawut Sritularak in front of Phuket Provincial Hall at 9am.

United, the protesters numbered about 1,000 people, said Mr Suratin.

“Although we are divided in our opinions of how the protests should continue [story here], we are united in that we want to show the government how many Phuket residents do not want them to be in power anymore,” he told the Phuket Gazette.

At 9am, the protesters marched from Provincial Hall then through the heart of Phuket Town – coursing onto Montri Road to the Surin Circle (Clocktower Circle), then onto Rassada Road, Yaowarat Road, Phang Nga Road, left onto Montri Road to back to Provincial Hall.

This afternoon, the protesters will mount vehicles to stage a motorcade that will parade through Kathu, Patong, Kalim, Kamala, Cherng Talay, Thalang then return southbound along Thepkrasattri Road to Provincial Hall in Phuket Town.

The protests in Phuket today coincide with mass rallies in Bangkok led by PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban, who is calling for national reforms before another election is held (story here).

— Kritsada Mueanhawong



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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