12:15 am - Wednesday September 28, 2016

Phuket sea gypsies protest investor owning land title for cultural center

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On November 11th, Suthon Pramongkij, a sea gypsies leader, led 100 sea gypsies residing in Moo.4, Rassada Sub-district to visit Niwit Aroonrat, a Vice Governor of Phuket, at Phuket Provincial Hall. The sea gypsies wanted the government officers to inspect an investor who surveyed and applied for the land title on some part of the land that would be used to construct a sea gypsies’ cultural center. The investor also put a barbed wire fence around the area.

Suthon said that at first the villagers thought that it was the government who did that, however, they later found that it was not the government. Therefore they came to complain about the case to the vice governor. They would like government officers to investigate the case to find out why and how the investor used that piece of land. Finally, the vice governor promised the villagers that he would assign related government officials to investigate the case. The villagers then left the provincial hall.

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