3:30 am - Thursday September 29, 2016

Sea Gypsies in Rawai blocked road because their water source closed

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About 500 sea gypsy residents in Rawai blocked the main road to Cape Promthep for most of the day on Friday 22 October since they were angry about a public water well that had been closed by the land owner. The sea gypsies also set up two tents & cooked food on the road making transportation on the way to Rawai and Promthep difficult. The related government sectors were afraid that it would affect tourism so they negotiated with the sea gypsies to move the tents off the road. The sea gypsy agreed to move the tents, however, they still stood & sat on the road and asked the government for a water source solution.

Niwit Aroonrat, a Vice Governor of Phuket, Rewat Areerob, an MP of Phuket, Aroon Soros, the Mayor of Rawai Municipality, and Pol. Col. Wichit Intarasorn, the Commander of Chalong Police Station, went to talk to the sea gypsies about the solution to their problem. The sea gypsies said that the land owner should open the water well and let them use water as usual or the related government sectors had to provide enough water to their community. Consequently, Rawai Municipality approved a budget to provide a waterworks system to their village.

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