Phuket residents want power to people

Published on : Saturday, November 30, 2013

ThailandPHUKET: In a surprising move that may take some aback, the Phuket Tourist Association has called on Thailand’s government to give ”power to the people”.


According to the PTA, which represents most of the Thai holiday island’s tourism-related groups, the protests throughout Thailand are justified.


A statement issued yesterday by the PTA says that corruption and lack of political morals were the true causes of the travel cautions about Thailand issued by 32 countries so far.


”The Government of Yingluck Shinawatra is clinging to power for the benefit of themselves,” the statement said.


As a result, Thailand’s important tourism industry was being affected, the statement said. The PTA asked PM Yingluck to respect the will of the people.


Large numbers of protesters in the streets of Bangkok, Phuket and some other provinces have occupied government buildings this week. A general strike by government workers has been called for next week.


Phuket people appear to have ignored an editorial in a tabloid newspaper recently that advised them to forgo their political right to protest putting Phuket’s tourism economy first.

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