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Sea gypsies protest at “lack of government help’

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PHUKET: More than 50 sea gypsies from Rawai rallied outside the offices of Phuket Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura this morning to protest at what they say is a lack of help from the government since the tsunami.

The government has said it would make one-off payments of 2,000 baht to anyone who lost his or her job because of the tsunami. But sea gypsy Kwanjit Bangjark said she has not received a single satang from the government so far.

“I wanted to work in the programme for jobless people, which pays 175 baht per day, but the officers told me that if I entered the programme, I wouldn’t receive 2,000 baht. But one month on, I haven’t received either,” she said.

Tiya Buathong claimed that the only people who have been helped are those who are “close” to government officers. She said she needed money to help pay for her nephew to attend school.

K. Tiya claimed that when she went to claim her cash on January 7, officers told her all the money had been already been given away, and that she must wait for more to come through. A month later, she is still waiting, having been passed from Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) officers to the Governor’s office and back.

Other villagers conceded they had received dried food, rice and 200-300 baht from the government since the disaster, but, they said, it isn’t enough for them and their families.

Suthep Thertkietkajorn, of Phuket Labour Office (PLO), denied that the government was doing nothing to help the sea gypsies, pointing out that 116 million has already been paid out to the jobless nationally, with 26 million baht of this coming to Phuket.

K. Suthep said the PLO, working with local organisations, had found jobs for 700 people and had paid them 175 baht a day. The work had had to stop because of the election, but now that was over, the workers would be re-hired from February 11.

However, Aroon Soros, the Chairman of Rawai OrBorTor said he could do little to help the protestors until he received extra money from the government.

“The money allocated to Rawai has already been given away,” he explained. “I have asked the province for more money, but it hasn’t arrived yet because the government hasn’t approved the budget.

“I’ve tried to tell people they should be patient and wait for this money, but some of them don’t understand.”

K. Aroon said it was thought that the OrBorTor could find 40-50 days of work for people who are genuinely unemployed. Most of these would be sea gypsies.

“The OrBorTor has many projects for them, such as cleaning the beaches,” he said. “If the government would give us the money, we could put them to work immediately.”



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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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