THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Phuket sea gypsy mass sit-in wins expanded walkway to religious shrine

PHUKET: More than 50 officers from the Chalong Police, Royal Thai Navy and defense volunteers were once again called in to keep the peace between villagers and construction workers at the sea gypsy village in Rawai yesterday (Mar 4) as a mass sit-in prevented the workers from building a wall at the site.

landpropertytourismculturepolicemilitary
By Darawan Naknakhon

Saturday 5 March 2016, 01:12PM


More than 150 villagers, mostly women and children, gathered near their ceremonial Balai shrine, located on land claimed by Baron World Trade Co Ltd, after workers moved into the area with a backhoe.

The workers began moving large rocks into place that would have prevented the villagers direct access across the land that Baron World Trade is trying to build 33 villas on, but would have left the sea gypsies unfettered access via the two-meter-wide walkway along the beachfront as ordered by Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada. (See story here.)

But by 12:40pm, the workers ceased their efforts after the mass sit-in began.

Leading members of the sea gypsy community told The Phuket News that the walkway was not wide enough. “At high tide, we would unable to use the walkway to reach the Balai shrine,” one villager said.

A delegation of officials led by Capt Sathaporn Wajrat of the Royal Thai Navy, who also serves as Deputy Director of Phuket Provincial Office of Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc), arrived at 2pm to resolve the dispute.

ARCHITECT and HOTELEX

Joining Capt Sathaporn were Phuket Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat, Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Saman Chainarong and Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos.

“By March 16, a 3.4m-wide walkway will be marked out so villagers can freely access their worship place and the beach,” Capt Sathaporn said.

“By this same date, a proper legal document affirming that the walkway is on public land will be issued,” he added.

In the meantime, Baron World Trade has instructed the contractor to cease work at the site and remove the backhoe, Capt Sathaporn assured.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phoenix ‘off limits to outsiders’ while police inspect wreck

In the aftermath of the sinking disaster, it seems that Thailand's now desperate to do anything ...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Actually, about floating kratongs, in de past there were just a few in villages, But now look the ne...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Timi,if you would be a little bit more attentive,you would have seen that my response wasn't reg...(Read More)


Suspect locks up duty warden, escapes police cell

Hahaha, This was not fair! More than 200 people looking after him. Guess that Senior Sgt Maj gets de...(Read More)


Phuket Airport toilets dubbed ’Best in Thailand’

Fantastic to pat yourself on your Phuket toilet business shoulder, true or not. Have no words for it...(Read More)


Suspect locks up duty warden, escapes police cell

You couldn’t make this stuff up could you !! ...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Dek, my comment was in regards to the article about the flying lanterns not the floating Kratongs, w...(Read More)


Disaster officials warn of heavy rain in Phuket

Again a weather warning? That can't be. The guy from the Phuket Water Authority said that due to...(Read More)


Low water levels at Phuket reservoir spur concerns for drastic water-saving measures

I'm fascinated that "Fascinated" cannot see the relevance between increased tourism an...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Thailand needs to wake up and realize its part of the world and international community, most count...(Read More)