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Villagers issue ultimatum over boy’s death

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Villagers issue ultimatum over boy’s death | The Thaiger

AO MAKHAM: Dozens of protesters today continued to block the road to Cape Panwa with makeshift barricades, following the killing of a local 16-year-old boy. Some of their leaders threatened that if the police case against the boy’s killers is not sewn up by the end of tomorrow they will rally tens of thousands of Muslims from all over the island and block roads right up to Phuket Town, about eight kilometers away. The protest and blockade began yesterday morning after the boy, Madat Hasap, was shot dead by a non-commissioned officer serving with the Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet. He had been involved in a dispute with five naval personnel the previous evening. Villagers said they will maintain their current blockade, which prevents access by road to the Cape Panwa Hotel, the Phuket Marine Biological Center and the Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet shore base, until the authorities comply with six demands they have made. The demands were set out in a letter handed to the Governor of Phuket, Pongpayome Vasaputi, yesterday. At the insistence of the villagers, Gov Pongpayome signed the letter, acknowledging receipt of it and agreeing to take action. The demands are: – That legal proceedings against the accused as well as all persons involved with the crime will be pursued until a final judgment is delivered. – That all questioning of the accused and witnesses by the police take place in front of a village committee set up for that purpose. – That all witnesses must be heard, and that points 1 to 3 must be completed by the end of tomorrow. – That if police officers fail to identify the killer before the deadline, the navy base is to be moved elsewhere. In addition, “We will take drastic action against the Navy.” – That no legal action will be taken against any of the protesters. – That the blockade will be lifted only after the reenactment of the killing has taken place. The mob today continued to completely block Sakdidet Rd outside the dead boy’s home, and erected a tent about 4 kilometers further north, restricting traffic to a single lane. Placards at this roadblock warned the Navy not to try to go through. Madat’s sister, 19-year-old Khwanta, told the Gazette, “We will keep the road closed until the police do everything we demand. My brother was killed like an animal. But this is not a case of a dog or a cat. This was a human being. “We have lived here for more than 10 years and it was always peaceful until the Navy base was built four years ago. They’ve never tried to do anything with the community; all they do is go around drunk in their uniforms, late at night, and driving too fast,” K. Khwanta said. “The Navy uses our tax money to buy weapons and then they use those weapons to ambush and kill us,” she added. Navy officials were today unavailable for comment, but Pol Lt Col Veerasilp Kwanseng, Deputy Superintendent of the Phuket Town Police Station, told the Gazette that he had been to the village today to collect as many witnesses as possible in order to expedite the case. Meanwhile, Piyachat Katanyuta, PR manager of the Cape Panwa Hotel, said that guests are being transferred to and from the hotel by boat. “They are being very understanding, and they are not upset because we have another way for them to get in and out.”

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Hermès opens its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta

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Hermès opens its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta | The Thaiger

Hermès has opened of its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta, the newly opened lifestyle shopping destination in the heart of the island, opposite Central Festival.

As Hermès’ first venture outside the Thai capital, the new Hermès Phuket store makes a significant statement of expansion and confidence in the market. The new address in this world-renowned island will allow the growing population of local residents, along with domestic and international tourists, to discover the abundant variety of Hermès métiers and savoir-faire.

Designed by the Parisian architecture agency RDAI, the elegant 172 m² retail space is located by the shopping centre’s main entrance and benefits from a double exposure with an exterior and an interior façade.

A bamboo claustra follows the line of the mall’s exterior glass, filtering the daylight that bathes the indoor space, and further illustrates Hermès’ high regard for local craftsmanship. The interior façade is composed of a refined lacquered metal, featuring a large window display, complemented by four recesses with illuminated silk scarves.

Upon entering the store, visitors are welcomed by the House’s ex-libris and signature Grecques lights, designed for Hermès in 1925. The store is decorated with natural and local materials – bamboo floors and claustra, cognac toned Cherrywood walls, toffee coloured silk and fibre fabrics – tastefully blending various elements of Thai culture and modern architecture. The soft colour palette evokes the sand and the sun in their various shades, providing a delightfully serene and convivial atmosphere.

The overall volume is divided into two main areas by the feminine silk grid facing the entrance. The first one, with the iconic Faubourg pattern mosaic floor, allows guests to explore the silk, fashion jewellery, fragrance, art of living, and equestrian departments.

Opposite the leather goods display, an intimate space invites guests to uncover the watch and jewellery collections. Further along, one can discover the women and men’s universes. A sand coloured carpet on the floor outlines the area dedicated to the shoe collections, enriched by a delicate custom-made bamboo light module as the ceiling centrepiece.

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Red car ‘gun flasher’ arrested in Phuket

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Red car ‘gun flasher’ arrested in Phuket | The Thaiger

Phuket police have arrested and are questioning the driver of a red sedan following Friday’s incident on Thepkasattri Road in Srisoonthorn where he appeared to wave a gun out of his driver’s window (video in the link below).

Manop Sangpal was tracked down by police but they’ve confirmed that Mr Manop’s ‘gun’ was just a BB gun, not a firearm.

The video of the man driving the red sedan and waving the ‘gun’ out of the driver’s window spread around social media on Friday afternoon after a driver following recorded the incident and posted it.

Read the story and see the video below…

Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

On the video the red Ford sedan cuts in front of the car with the dashcam then veers to the left lane while the driver waves the gun out of his window near Wat Srisoonthorn.

Police say Mr Manop was arrested at lunchtime yesterday (Saturday) in a workers camp in Soi Sukapibal where he lives with his Burmese wife and family.

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Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast – all clear

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Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast – all clear | The Thaiger

An advisory was sent out last night about two earth tremors registering 5.0 and 5.2 magnitude centered on the Andaman Islands, 620 kilometres north west of Phuket.

The National Disaster Warning Centre sent out an advisory to Governors of six Andaman Coast provinces to be on alert for tsunami warnings and more earthquake activity.

There has been no tsunami activity registered along the Andaman coastlines.

Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast - all clear | News by The Thaiger

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