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Vice-Gov denies planning to speak on Phuket protesters’ stage

Vice-Gov denies planning to speak on Phuket protesters’ stage

PHUKET: Vice Governor Dr Sommai Preechasilpa has denied rumours that she will deliver a speech on the stage erected by anti-government protesters on the Sanam Chai playing field opposite Provincial Hall.


By Prapaporn Jitmaneeyaphan

Tuesday 14 January 2014, 01:47PM


Dr Sommai is going to the protesters’ gathering ‘only to listen and monitor’.

Dr Sommai is going to the protesters’ gathering ‘only to listen and monitor’.

Amnuay Kumban, one of the three leaders of the anti-government activists, earlier told The Phuket News, “I also heard that tonight Vice-Governor Dr Sommai will give a speech [about the protest] on a stage. I can’t confirm this; maybe it’s just a rumour.”

As far as Dr Sommai was concerned, that’s all it was. She told The Phuket News, “Today I will go to Sanam Chai, but only to listen and monitor what is going on there. I am not going on any stage.”

Meanwhile, Dr Sommai's place of work, Phuket Provincial Hall, remains closed and Mr Amnuay said the protesters will be busy today, visiting oter government offices on the island to “request” them to close.

Mr Amnuay Kumban said, “Yesterday we just succeeded in getting several offices closed. Today we will go to more to ask them to close as well.

But we have to be careful with every our movement in case someone creates a bad situation.”

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The Chief of the Phuket Provincial Employment Office, Yaowapa Piboonpol, told The Phuket News today, “The office has been closed since yesterday but we can still help people. We have posted the contact numbers of the heads of each department on the door, so people can call us if they need help.

Please call Thanadetch Karaked at 089 511 1665 if you need help on work permits, apart from permits for Laotians, Burmese and Cambodians.

For work permits for those three nationalities, call Phutharat Maneerat at 089 873 9464, and for other matters relating to employment, please call Puang Songnam at 089 870 0432.”

Both Phuket Immigration Office and the Land Transport Office are currently open as usual.

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