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Phuket agencies ready for New Year unrest

PHUKET: Rear Admiral Nattapong Yanothaikhachit, Deputy Director of Phuket Internal Security Office, held a meeting yesterday (Dec 26) to assess strategies for dealing with any unrest that may arise during the festivities to celebrate the New Year.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 27 December 2022, 09:17AM

The meeting, held at the Phuket Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office at Phuket Provincial Hall, saw a gathering of leading figures from military and civilian agencies on the island.

The aim of the meeting was “to be ready to perform duties in the event of unrest, along with developing integrated responses and assessing risk areas and managing manpower”, said an official report of the meeting.

The meeting discussed the delegation of operations before, during and after any such “incidents”, the report noted.

“It will also help build confidence in the safety of the public and tourists as well,” said the report.

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“Phuket Province [the provincial government] asks for the cooperation of the people to join the network of Pineapple Eyes [LINE group, see below] in informing the government,” the report said.

“if you see a suspicious object or see the behavior of a suspicious group that may cause unrest in the area, you can report clues to the Phuket Provincial Police Hotline 191,” the report concluded.

The QR code to join the Pineapple Eyes Line Group:

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christysweet | 28 December 2022 - 14:23:17

When I call 191, it hangs up 

christysweet | 28 December 2022 - 14:21:51

Airport Limo taxi almost sideswiped me yesterday in front of the Thalang Post Office. I pulled up next to him at the next light and he rolled down his window and started cursing  me in Thai. - with a passenger in the back.  Seemed  he was on meth. I made a complaint and found out his nic name and the company he works for and intend to follow up.  

Kurt | 28 December 2022 - 09:50:03

'Unrest' can be expected from tuk tuk drivers with a short fuse, mentally not equipted to understand/handle toxicated foreign tourists, and with weapons ( clubs, bars, swords, guns) on board their cars. We konow their is a lot of aggression among them toward passengers who not like to be taken for a 'money ride'.

JohnC | 28 December 2022 - 09:06:17

Wouldn't they be better off down in the deep south where unrest is a real thing that happens regularly. What 'unrest' are they expecting in Phuket? Drunk tourists beating each other up over the new year!


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