political protest in Phuket

The whistle-blowing protestors also forced the closure of the Phuket Provincial Administration (OrBorJor) offices, which are close by. The occupation, with the mob taking over the grounds but barred from going into the building itself, is an echo of the happenings in Bangkok where huge anti-government crowds have occupied a number of government ministries. As the protestors gathered, at 9 am Pol Col Sermphan Sirikong said, “We are ready here. We will have 40 officers here each day.

Phuket is a tourist town so we have explained to the protest’s leaders that we need to be here to make sure everything is going okay. They understand. There is no problem.” The police were supported by 40 volunteers from the Volunteer Protection Office. At around 10 am , blowing whistles and chanting “Ork Pai” [get out] the protestors trooped into the grounds. An hour later, Governor Maitree Inthusut arrived.

The protestors presented him with a bouquet of flowers. Accepting it, the Governor said, “There are five meanings of this bouquet. The first one is protection of the institutions of nation, belief and royalty. The second is that I will preserve my honor as Governor. The third is that I will preserve my honesty. The fourth is that I will strictly follow the disciplines, regulations, and rules of government, and the last is that I will be a good citizen of the nation.” He then walked into the building. Pairoj Sahod, a casual worker who has been in the thick of the anti-government protests since the beginning, told The Phuket News, “I just got back from Bangkok where I joined the protest. There are about two million people in the protest, from Ratchadamnoen to Pinglao.

Phuket protesters injured in a bus crash

Six of the Phuket protesters injured in a bus crash on Saturday, while en route to anti-government rallies in Bangkok, were transferred to Phuket hospitals last night.

“They were transferred from hospitals in Surat Thani and arrived in Phuket at about 9pm,” protest co-ordinator Amnuay Kumban .

The six were admitted to Vachira Phuket Hospital, Provincial Hospital and Phuket International Hospital.

“Thanongsak Sompet, 30, and Pichit Osot, 63, are receiving treatment for head injuries,” Mr Amnuay said.

“Jirayuth Sanguansit, 63, and Sakorn Khaothong , 59, are receiving treatment for serious bruises and back pain.

“Pensri Suwanmanee, 66, broke her leg and Rattanachan Somchan, 48, suffered a broken jaw,” .

The two drivers and the remaining 36 passengers were discharged from hospitals in Surat Thani shortly after the accident, Mr Amnuay explained.

“Among them was a 10-year-old boy from Kathu who was on the bus with his parents,” he confirmed.

The protester’s bus departed Phuket at 9:30am on Saturday to join the anti-government rallies in Bangkok, which have taken the capital by storm today .

However they want to go to bangkok .

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