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Patong Police flamed for arresting woman selling flowers on Bangla

Patong Police flamed for arresting woman selling flowers on Bangla

PHUKET: Patong Police have been flamed for a plainclothes officer arresting a flower vendor on Bangla Rd and forcibly restraining her on the street for peddling in a public area without a permit.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 26 February 2022, 10:15AM

The incident happened in front of the now-closed Red Infinity Go Go bar, beside the Illuzion nightclub, at 2am Thursday.

A video of the arrest taken by relatives of the woman was posted online, drawing harsh criticism by viewers.

Wanchat Paetmod, 39, husband of the woman arrested, told reporters yesterday (Feb 25) that his wife, Chanpen Lueadsurin, who is seen in the video challenging the officer, had been charged for selling products in a public area without permission.

She was also charged with defamation of officials while performing their duties.

Ms Chanpen was fined B5,000 by the Phuket Kwaeng Court, Mr Wanchat said.

Mr Wanchat explained that three men, not wearing police uniforms, approached his wife and his two daughters.

The lead man, wearing a Honda Repsol motorbike racing shirt and red baseball cap, and asked to see their government ID cards.

“The man asked my wife, ‘Who is allowed to sell here? Do you know who I am?’” Mr Wanchat said.

His wife complied and presented her ID card.

“Then he asked my girlfriend, ‘Do you know who I am? Do you know how big I am? How do you sell here? You don’t know me,” Mr Wanchat continued.

“My wife replied, ‘I don’t know, and what are you?’

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“He told her. ‘Don’t raise your voice at me, or  I’ll take all of you to court’,” Mr Wanchat said.

“Her family [his wife’s family] are just ordinary people trying to make a living. I didn’t know what to do with the officer. I just saw the clip and was shocked why he did that.

“It felt too intense, because it is the act of government officials. And when the incident happened, my two daughters stood and cried because they couldn’t help their mother,” he said.

His daughters urged him not to go to Patong Police Station unless he was accompanied by a uniformed officer.

“Because anyone can impersonate an officer out of uniform,” Mr Wanchat said.

Mr Wanchat did go to Patong Police Station, and only then was it confirmed that the officer who made the arrest was an officer with the Patong Police.

Patong Police Chief Col Sujin Nilabadee later confirmed he was aware of the incident, and the complaints.

“Police had received complaints that there were a group of vendors selling flowers who were annoying tourists. The plainclothes police officers went to the area to perform their duties and found a group of such people and therefore detained to prosecute the aforementioned,” he said.

Col Sujin made no mention, and gave no defence of his officers failing to properly identify themselves as police officers before placing a citizen under arrest.

He also gave no explanation for the Patong Police now enforcing a zero tolerance policy on street peddlers, a decades-long fact of life in Patong, or at least only on selected people.

Col Sujin also failed to name the officer who made the arrests.

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Kurt | 28 February 2022 - 09:49:36

Is khun Pascale insinuating that RTP should not enforce by Government set closing times? Such would be RTP anarchie. On top of corruption. Pity that Prayut since 2014 not cleaned up RTP as promised.

Pascale | 27 February 2022 - 17:27:46

@Ash Ward     And that would be good for what ? 

Ash Ward | 27 February 2022 - 10:49:23

I agree with Kurt, the RTP should be enforcing the 11pm bar closing time as per the order of  the Govenor.

Kurt | 27 February 2022 - 10:04:07

Corrected: Well, we all know is is the local mafia that governs Phuket. Including RTP officers in kick back earning side jobs. See with disgust how this RTP scumbag tortured a poor woman instead of enforcing the 11pm closing time rules at 02AM. A mental disturb officer that exposed himself that time. Now we wait and see or the Patong Mayor accept his brutal action against a Thai citizen.

JohnC | 27 February 2022 - 08:49:17

Give'em a uniform and they think they are Hitler, or Putin nowadays. Even when not wearing them. Pathetic scum. What did they do wrong. Not pay the usual bribes on time?

Capricornball | 26 February 2022 - 23:49:40

Shameful action by Patong police, but I would expect no less. With all the lawlessness in this place, this is the best way they could occupy their time? I think the person being annoying were Prab's cronies, the vendor mafia. Pathetic scumbags, all of them.

lelecuneo | 26 February 2022 - 14:13:45

that police officer is a pure coward and ignoran rat...that all they are...

Timothy | 26 February 2022 - 13:17:42

What about the hundreds of ping pong and jet ski touts that harass people constantly? Sometimes you have 4 or 5 touts surrounding you and if you dare show any anger toward them for harassing you....watch out. 

Fascinated | 26 February 2022 - 12:20:34

more like 'peddling in public without a payoff' than a permit. tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.

CaptainJack69 | 26 February 2022 - 11:57:28

While this is a heartless act victimizing poor people and (if their account is accurate) apparently demanding a bribe, you could change the title of this article to "Police flamed for enforcing the law". These sellers are doing so illegally, and we all know how annoying they can be. Before COVID I'd have applauded this.

lelecuneo | 26 February 2022 - 11:44:09

clearly the flower lady did not pay the ramson to the police therefore not allowed to sell.... what a shame and police really should spend their precious time finding the real criminal and corrupt in this island rather then pick on the poor... shame shame police as usual...go after prab or the corrupt..i'm sure they dont dare and that only show what kind if roackes police are 

christysweet | 26 February 2022 - 11:25:05

Pigs be pigs all over the world. The way he has her arms locked high up behinds her is painful.


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