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Phuket villagers burn red flags

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WICHIT, PHUKET: Villagers burned flags belonging to a band of red shirts who attempted to rally in front of the Thai naval base in Cape Panwa this morning, warning them: ‘You are not welcome here’.

A local man told the Gazette, “I don’t think they’ll come back, but if they do, we’re ready for a fight.”

At around 9:30am a band of some 10 red-shirted members of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) gathered in front of the naval base intending to read a statement requesting support for their movement from the Royal Thai Navy.

The UDD supporters included a red-shirted foreigner accompanying his wife among their number.

Around 30 local villagers blocked the camp entrance, scuffling with the red shirts and letting them know in no uncertain terms that their presence was unwelcome.

“We don’t want to see any red shirts in our community. We live here in our village in peace,” one man said.

“They should have thought carefully before they did this, because it will affect tourism to Phuket and especially to this area,” he said.

“The navy co-operates with the locals here. We live happily together and have no problems with them,” he added.

Once the red shirts realized they would not be able to read their statement, they left the area in their cars about 30 minutes minutes later.

One villager said yellow-shirted members from the rival People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) would not get a free pass either.

“We’d have to consider the reason for them rallying first. If it would lead to damage to the community or give the area a bad reputation, we wouldn’t permit it,” he said.

The small UDD movement in Phuket has encountered problems in the past finding a platform from which to stage rallies on the island, despite their promises to keep them peaceful.

While the locally powerful PAD held a huge rally at the public park at Saphan Hin in April and closed down the Phuket International Airport for two days in late August 2008, the red shirts have found their own requests to rally far less well received.

Just after the Saphan Hin rally, Rajabhat Phuket University reversed a decision to allow UDD members to hold a seminar there, even after all the travel arrangements had been made.

The university, which previously hosted several PAD events on campus, backed down to student protests and said it will no longer allow any political parties to conduct activities on school grounds.

— Sitthipong Nongkaew

 

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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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