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Phuket beach businesses cleared under guise of ‘Keep Phuket Clean’ campaign

PHUKET: Local police and officials from the Kamala Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) took the launch of the “Keep Phuket Clean” campaign today (April 4) to heart by demolishing structures that were home to about 10 beachfront businesses deemed to be on public land.

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By Shela Riva

Tuesday 4 April 2017, 06:11PM


The “cleanup”, which attracted a crowd of Thai and foreign onlookers, began at 9am and was supervised by Lt Col Chockdee Mabangyang and Lt Col Pramual Jaikrathok of the Kamala Police.

“Business owners had been given notice that the demolitions would happen this morning,” Col Chockdee told The Phuket News.

“They had time to prepare and move their belongings out of the premises,” he added.

Col Chockdee pointed out the demolitions were approved by the Phuket Provincial Court.

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He added that the demolitions were conducted as part of the ‘Keep Phuket Clean’ campaign as launched by Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan in Patong earlier today. (See story here.)

“The Kamala OrBorTor is responsible for the campaign in this area. The business owners already knew that they are illegally on public land, that their businesses would be temporary,” he added.

“Tomorrow, police officers will be present for one more day to oversee and help with the ‘cleaning process’ (sic). After tomorrow, it should be complete,” Col Chockdee said.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub.

 

 

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Kurt | 06 April 2017 - 13:27:20

Is Surin Beach still a 'war zone' too?
Actually this month suppose to be the opening of that nice Surin Beach Park ( announced last year with trompets and drums) in order to honour His late Majesty King Bhumibol.
Remember?
Guess now that it was just used as a reason by local officials to clear Surin Beach of Vendors without resistance.
Very clever short term thinking.
Result at the en...

skip | 06 April 2017 - 04:36:18

unfortunately for tourism, its another nail in the coffin. The tourism industry is the victim here. The local administration staff are only doing their job as instructed. 
If the small business owners had done everything legal from the START they wouldnt be in this predicament now. Im sure a solution is possible in time. Unfortunately by the time it is found the tourists will have gone elsewhere....

opinioated farange | 05 April 2017 - 12:55:07

Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face.If you are a tourist and fancy a drink or a bite to eat forget it unless you want to walk 200 meters of the beach. What the Thai authorities understand about tourism you could write on the back of a stamp.  

BenPendejo | 05 April 2017 - 11:09:30

I took a tour of the Kamala war zone last night, and was appalled at what these foolish local officials did to this town.  Kamala is already nothing but a freeking construction site from end to end, with the only pleasant place for tourists being the village area.  Now you can scratch that off, as the town was deserted, the beach was dark and strewn with dangerous debris, and many people were just...

eric dekegel | 05 April 2017 - 07:28:17

They seems to be very proud of there job, but with the monsoon coming thy should have been destroyed by them self but then you can of course not show up. What an hypocrite behavior.

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