Phuket's blind march for rights
PHUKET: Around 70 blind people from seven provinces in southern Thailand joined a street march on Wednesday (October 12) from Bangkok Hospital to the City District Office to to highlight their rights, and to promote the international conference of the World Blind Union (WBU) in Bangkok next year.
Friday 14 October 2011, 06:00PM
WBU is an internationally-recognised umbrella organisation, representing about 285 million blind and partially sighted people in 190 countries.
Representatives from Chumphon, Ranong, Surat Thani, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Krabi, Phang Nga and Phuket provinces marched outside Bangkok Hospital Phuket, after being informed of the conference by the Thailand Association of the Blind (TAB).
“We wanted to alert the local people of this conference. Though the conference is organised for blind people, that doesn’t mean it is not important for the Thai community,” the Director of TAB Pitaya Srigotapetch said.
The blind people present at the march also participated in a seminar at Twin Inn Hotel in Phuket Town to learn more about their rights, and career and education opportunities.