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Patong counterfeit goods crackdown nets 10,000 items, valued at B20mn

PHUKET: Officials who carried out a series of raids in the tourist-popular Patong Beach area have reported in a matter of hours to have seized more than 10,000 illegal trademark items with an estimated street value of more than B20 million.

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Friday 19 May 2017, 11:06AM


The monster haul of illicit goods were announced at a high-profile press conference held at 8:30pm last night, after the raids on 10 locations in the beach resort town were launched at 4:30pm yesterday afternoon (May 18).

Present to tell the the press about the raids were no less than Col Anan Yuprasit of the Phuket office of the military’s Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) national security agency.

Hailing from Bangkok were Mana Simma, chief of the Criminal Case Investigation Division of the national Department of Provincial Administration and officers from Department of Intellectual Property.

Also present were local officials Kathu District Chief Sayan Chanachaiwong and Lt Col Saksan Khomsakhorn of Patong Police.

It was not revealed how many officers were used in carrying out the raids, or specifically which shops were raided.

However, the officers did announce that 10 “alien suspects” had been arrested and charged for selling counterfeit trademark items, but did not name any of the suspects or identify their nationalities.

The officers did report that most of the 10,000 items seized were counterfeit brand-name bags, shoes and clothes, including brands such as Nike and Adidas.

“This raid and seizure of illegal trademark items being sold came after we received reports from owners of the trademarks that copies of their goods were being sold in Phuket, especially in Patong, which is a ‘red area’ for counterfeit copyright goods,” Mr Mana said.

“Patong is one location in 21 provinces in the Internal Security Operations Command plan to protect against and to suppress intellectual property infringement,” he added.

“I want to warn other people who sell illegal fake trademark items that if they are caught, they will face legal action. This affects the image of the province and the nation,” he said.

“Officers will continue their raids to eradicate all illegal fake trademark items,” he vowed.

“The owners of markets and other buildings (where such goods might be sold) will be called in to be informed about selling illegal trademark items and asked to cop-operate by keeping their eyes on this – and to not to let any illegal trademark items be sold in their places.” Mr Mana said.

However, despite the high-brow press conference, specifically regarding the Patong raids, no officials made any mention of any attempt to identify who hired the foreigners to sell the fake goods or any attempt to track down where the fake goods originated from.

 

 

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Eagle | 22 May 2017 - 16:29:43

Kurt,again you are showing your inability of reading and understanding,as i wrote:concerned or curious about the nationality {of the alien suspects}.No word here about "happenings".

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Kurt | 22 May 2017 - 16:10:47

A short while ago there was a happening, thai people were asking the thai Phuket official questions.
The official  answer was; "You don't need to know"
This official completely forget that he is serving the thai inhabitants who asked him questions!

Eagle reaction that thais are not concerned or curious about happenings is complete untrue.
Many thai like to see 'developments', but ????

Anyway, no use to react anymore on Eagle's defending status quo about fighting comments/ matters suggestions/thinkings what could make Thailand a better country to live for the thai people.

People whit their anti develop/negative heels in the sand you should ignore/leave alone.

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Eagle | 22 May 2017 - 11:25:54

Kurt,because thais are not that concerned or curious about the nationality as you are.

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Kurt | 21 May 2017 - 20:43:20

Eagle, don't keep focussing on me.
Now see the point from another angle.( just forget the foreign permanent residents a moment)
Why are the thai officials, who are nation's servants, not giving this information to thai citizens?
From behind their desk, talking to the press they don't know on forehand who reads it or not.
It happens many times.

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Pauly44 | 21 May 2017 - 19:46:13

Swerv; If any non Thai decides to migrate to Thailand, obtain permanent immigration status, maintain a family, property, income, pay taxes etc. That makes them a resident citizen not just a guest, it's the same for any country, Thailand is no exception.

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Eagle | 21 May 2017 - 19:34:29

Kurt,if you dont know the difference between a citizen and a resident then google it!And as you dont have a permanent residence visa{why else would you always talk about your regular visits to the immigration},you are not an official permanent resident too.Thats a fact,whatever you like to call yourself.

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Kurt | 21 May 2017 - 15:01:13

For eagle: I am a permanent resident, for me that is the same as being a permanent citizen.
You are swerving around and reacting about nothing.

May be other readers understand what you mean with your writing about ...neighbors sleeping rooms?
Keep yourself together. Don't sell nonsense. 

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swerv | 21 May 2017 - 13:50:54

Kurt: As has already been pointed out to you by others, you are NOT a Thai citizen you are a guest in this country. You have very little rights and demanding to know certain facts from officials who don't want to give out that information is nothing to do with you. 
Singapore again? This is Thailand not Singapore, respect the country or leave.
I am amazed you survived in Singapore given your lack of English skills.

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Eagle | 21 May 2017 - 09:35:09

Kurt,What makes you thinking that you are a permanent citizen??Unless you are holding a passport of Thailand,you are not a citizen of Thailand.You are only allowed to stay here on a limited time visa.Only exemption would be a permanent resident visa.So stop thinking you would have the right to get informed about everything.And for saying:Everything around is our business???Then try to ask the neighbours around you to have a look into their sleeping room.I am sure they will show you what is really your business.

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Jor12 | 19 May 2017 - 22:41:16

The usual silly comments from commentators rueing the absence of a Police state. 

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