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PHUKET: About 20 Phuket red-shirt supporters rallied at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday to protest the Constitution Court ordering Parliament to stop the third reading of the hotly contested “reconciliation bills”.

Coinciding with the red-shirt protests in front of Parliament in Bangkok that began on Thursday, and concluded yesterday, the Phuket contingent filed a letter of complaint to Phuket Vice Governor Sommai Prijasilpa.

“Phuket red shirts disagree with this decision since we think it is against the law, so we have gathered together to show that we oppose it, which is our democratic right,” said protest leader Surin Yotharak.

Joining him were protesters calling themselves the “Phuket Group for Protecting Democracy”. They held signs saying, “Nonsense! Interference is the Constitution Court.”

The complaint accused the Constitution Court of abuse of power in ordering Parliament to stop the third reading of the bills, which the opposition Democrat Party and yellow-shirt supporters claim will pave the way for fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return to Thailand a free man.

The Democrats filed a complaint against the reading of the bills, claiming that the provisions the ruling Pheu Thai Party are trying to introduce would in effect repeal the entire Constitution. The party is led by Thaksin’s sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The provisions would be tantamount to overthrowing the democratic form of government with the King as Head of State and acquiring administrative power unconstitutionally through methods not legislated in the Constitution, the Democrats allege.

The complaint filed by the Democrats also asked the Constitution Court, if it saw fit, to instigate criminal proceedings against key figures, including politicians, for attempting to introduce such changes.

The letter handed to Phuket Vice Governor Sommai by protest leader Mr Surin yesterday read: “The Constitution Court ordering Parliament to stop its third reading of the bills was a violation of the law. The Constitution Court has no right to order that. Therefore, Parliament does not need to follow the Constitution Court’s order.

“It is literally written in Section 68 of the Constitution that the Attorney-General must request the Constitution Court to review constitutional amendments. To file a complaint against the reconciliation bills, the complaint must be filed through the Attorney-General.

“If the Attorney-General agrees with the complaint, the Attorney-General will be the one who files the petition to the Constitution Court,” the letter explained.

Mr Surin called for people to support the red-shirt cause.

“I urge people who love democracy to help us have this panel of judges removed from the Constitution Court. Our group will campaign to encourage people to exercise their democratic rights,” he said.

“We also would like to invite other Phuket red-shirt supporters to join our group’s activities in the future,” said Mr Surin.

Heated debate broke out in Parliament yesterday following Parliament President Somsak Kiartsuranont, who is a Pheu Thai Party member, being attacked by his own party’s MPs after vowing he would definitely not allow voting on the third reading of the charter amendment bill.

For a full report of yesterday’s events in Parliament, see story of Phuket Gazette media partner The Nation (click here).

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

The world's fastest growing tourist destinations | News by The Thaiger

Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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