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Police investigate Patong taxi drivers brawl 

Police investigate Patong taxi drivers brawl 

PHUKET: Police are investigating a street brawl involving motorcycle taxi drivers in Patong after a video of the incident was posted online raising questions about Phuket tourism image.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 19 June 2022, 03:11PM

The fight involving Patong ’public transport’ drivers broke out at around 12.45am yesterday, June 18, on Patong’s renowned Thaweewong Rd., right in front of the Patong Immigration Police Office and some 200 metres away from Bangla Community Police Station.

The incident was recorded by a dash-cam of a passing vehicle. The video was then posted online and went viral. 

A 39-second-long clip shows a group of people beating another person right in the middle of the beach road. Some of the attackers can be clearly seen wearing blue vests, a typical uniform of Patong motorbike taxi drivers. The end of the fight was not shown in the clip.

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It was later reported by local Thai media that several people presented themselves to Patong Police and confirmed that there was a conflict between local motorcycle taxi drivers and a competitor “not from their queue” who tried to pick-up a passenger in their area. 

It was not revealed if the passenger was a Thai national or a foreign tourist. The unnamed victim is yet to report the incident to the police. 

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Sermphan Sirikong confirmed to local media that he had been informed of the incident and ordered Patong Police to investigate the case in due manner. Yet no official statement has been released so far by either Phuket Provincial Police or Patong Police.

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christysweet | 21 June 2022 - 10:50:32

A bit of an exaggeration  there on the 'mafia cartels..' I've never seen a report of a body hanging from a bridge with genitals displaced into  its mouth.

Kurt | 21 June 2022 - 00:37:30

@ Timothy: Rights were not handed out. It are brutal violent maffia cartels with wide spread tentacles in corrupt society that TAKE the rights and sometimes show in public who are the boss in town. Scene in a corrupt country were Officialdom looks the other way and get rewarded for it. Any other possible explanation?

Kakka2 | 20 June 2022 - 14:59:37

lol and yet again.. fun fact, the other day i was having a drink at the Mojito bar, at the double tree hilton on beach road and spotted rigth in front of the bar that taxi driver who when in the news for taking those Hi-So Thais to Caffe del mar few months back.. he was still working and acting like a big bos with all his following muppets.. he park there every day and act like mafia boss.. 

Kakka2 | 20 June 2022 - 14:57:08

yes Bolt driver is so cheap and easy, also InDrive app is really good, usually half of price of Grab... 

Timothy | 20 June 2022 - 11:52:28

Who said it was "their area"? Who gives them the right to this area? Who do they pay for the right to claim this area? Is it Prab, the police, or both. We need the taxi mafia leaders dealt with once and for all. All taxis with meters that you can flag down anywhere. Same as Bangkok. Tourist image 555.  

solar_serfer | 20 June 2022 - 08:33:03

taxi drivers are the worst mob in Phuket. very dangerous and agressive driving without any respect to traffic rules- day and night both. just use GrabBolt, see how this mfkrs will fare

DeKaaskopp | 19 June 2022 - 16:54:50

OMG  Kurt !  The Patong Police Immigration office was closed. Why should the Immigration office open at night ? Jeez !

Fascinated | 19 June 2022 - 16:18:20

They really need to be taken to task. Tuk tuks next to the 'infamous' Beach Club in Kamala now back into the curb and project out into the carriageway but the cops do nothing. They even had the temerity to build a shelter on the sidewalk, blocking pedestrians. The smell of urine is overpowering as well. Thugs one and all.

Kurt | 19 June 2022 - 15:52:40

Many against one, the usual primitive thai cowardess behavior with heated lust.

Kurt | 19 June 2022 - 15:47:31

Patong police station closed at 12.45 am due to late hours? I can't believe it. Police station of the town where nightlife legal/illegal goes on till 04.00 am or even later, closed? Unbelieveble.
What is public/tourist safety thinking of Phuket Government, if there is any?


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