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    Army invades Phuket to clear violent, illegal taxi drivers

    PHUKET: A deployment of 100 soldiers from Southern Thailand today provided military support to a huge task force of 1,110 police officers and 40 volunteers who swept along the west coast of Phuket to purge the island of illegal, violent, abusive and cheating taxi, tuk-tuk and minivan drivers.

    The soldiers were acting under orders from Maj Gen Peerapol Wiriyakul, Commanding General of the 41st Military Circle, which operates out of the Fourth Army Area Command in Nakhon Sri Thammarat.

    Over 70 drivers were taken into custody in a single blitz led by Lt Gen Panya Mamen, Commander of the Royal Thai Police Region 8 division.

    “I assigned a squad headed by Maj Gen Paween Pongsirin to start tackling this problem on January 30,” Gen Panya told the press this afternoon.

    “His team questioned the staff and owners of 51 businesses, totalling 150 witnesses, which led to 111 arrest warrants issued for 108 people,” Gen Panya explained.

    In the blitz today, 32 warrants were served in Kata-Karon, eight in Thalang, nine in Cherng Talay and 27 in Kamala.

    Although no drivers in Patong were arrested today, the Phuket Gazette has been informed that some of the 35 drivers yet to be arrested are based in Phuket’s main resort town – and the raids will continue tomorrow.

    “Some of the suspects worked illegally as a taxi or tuk-tuk drivers,” Gen Panya said. “Others were legal, but were wanted for specific incidents, such as abusive or violent behavior, or for cheating tourists.”

    All of the drivers arrested were denied police bail.
    even if the coup achieves nothing else, for this act alone it should be hailed as an overriding success.

    they should have lined the bastards up and shot them as a warning to all the other leeches and scum that operate with impunity in thailand to cheat, rob, intimidate and attack both tourists and thais in this silly country.

    heres hoping for a real root and branch purge of the police force next.

    long live the general !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Army invades Phuket to clear violent, illegal taxi drivers

    PHUKET: A deployment of 100 soldiers from Southern Thailand today provided military support to a huge task force of 1,110 police officers and 40 volunteers who swept along the west coast of Phuket to purge the island of illegal, violent, abusive and cheating taxi, tuk-tuk and minivan drivers.

    The soldiers were acting under orders from Maj Gen Peerapol Wiriyakul, Commanding General of the 41st Military Circle, which operates out of the Fourth Army Area Command in Nakhon Sri Thammarat.

    Over 70 drivers were taken into custody in a single blitz led by Lt Gen Panya Mamen, Commander of the Royal Thai Police Region 8 division.

    “I assigned a squad headed by Maj Gen Paween Pongsirin to start tackling this problem on January 30,” Gen Panya told the press this afternoon.

    “His team questioned the staff and owners of 51 businesses, totalling 150 witnesses, which led to 111 arrest warrants issued for 108 people,” Gen Panya explained.

    In the blitz today, 32 warrants were served in Kata-Karon, eight in Thalang, nine in Cherng Talay and 27 in Kamala.

    Although no drivers in Patong were arrested today, the Phuket Gazette has been informed that some of the 35 drivers yet to be arrested are based in Phuket’s main resort town – and the raids will continue tomorrow.

    “Some of the suspects worked illegally as a taxi or tuk-tuk drivers,” Gen Panya said. “Others were legal, but were wanted for specific incidents, such as abusive or violent behavior, or for cheating tourists.”

    All of the drivers arrested were denied police bail.
    even if the coup achieves nothing else, for this act alone it should be hailed as an overriding success.

    they should have lined the bastards up and shot them as a warning to all the other leeches and scum that operate with impunity in thailand to cheat, rob, intimidate and attack both tourists and thais in this silly country.

    heres hoping for a real root and branch purge of the police force next.

    long live the general !!!!

    Bloody brilliant. I hope they do the same here in Pattaya as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    All of the drivers arrested were denied police bail.
    How refreshingly ethical

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    See China may have supported the Junta

    What did some of our valued members say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnastier View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by robuzo
    Maybe there'll be some prosecutions over the massacre at Wat Pathum. Hypocritical much?
    6 people were shot - by unidentified assailants - you can't call that a massacre.
    You are, once again, rewriting history... That was my point.

    http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newman...watpathum2.pdf

    Soldiers on the BTS track.

    These soldiers seen, photographed and videoed shooting into the Wat.

    Their bullets were the ones that killed the people in the Wat...
    So Wat?

    That's not the point - point is - it wasn't a fvckn massacre - get it?

    Secondly, the reds were shooting at the army everywhere.
    So they shot back
    So Wat?

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    So Wat?

    Firstly, you changed the truth to serve your political goals, and now you're belittling the killings.

    Secondly, when somebody will go to any lengths to try to defend their political side it becomes a very sorry state of affairs and said folks are potentially very dangerous to society as the likes of Goebbels and Stalin used to their advantage.

    I think that Robuzo's originally point was that all the 'political justice' since 2006 has been very one-sided. Numerous red shirt folks and anti-PADites have been arrested, tried (very quickly) and put in prison. Not, so when it's PADite violence or army violence. Justice is great, I am pleased to see folks who hurled bombs arrested and tried, but in must be blind... That's Wat, Albert...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Firstly, you changed the truth to serve your political goals,
    I don't have any political goals so that's hardly correct.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    and now you're belittling the killings.
    No, no I'm not - just a bit of word play wat?
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Secondly, when somebody will go to any lengths to try to defend their political side it becomes a very sorry state of affairs and said folks are potentially very dangerous to society as the likes of Goebbels and Stalin used to their advantage.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    I think that Robuzo's originally point was that all the 'political justice' since 2006 has been very one-sided. Numerous red shirt folks and anti-PADites have been arrested, tried (very quickly) and put in prison. Not, so when it's PADite violence or army violence. Justice is great, I am pleased to see folks who hurled bombs arrested and tried, but in must be blind...
    Well personally, I find over dramatic and over emotional rhetoric like that of robuzo and you unhelpful and indeed destabilising. That's why I point it out. To some people that don't know Thailand you guys make it out to be some Nazi concentration camp ruled with an iron fist by the amart. That is an utter load of bollocks - Thais do whatever they want - whenever they want (on the whole) and they have almost no laws to break - even if they wanted to. It's a massively free country and life here is good. Since the coup things have got back to normal and things will continue as they have always done in Thailand - not in an illusionary perfect western mould.

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    Life isn't so good for volunteer nurses in a Wat who are murdered by the army, or parents seeking the truth of the matter...

    As far as laws go, your comment is plain wrong, Thailand has lots of laws and they are mostly very good ones. There is a problem with enforcement and the rulings, but the laws themselves are numerous and solid.

    What you could have done, Albert, is just said that you were wrong; that's what most of us do from time to time rather than change the subject and avoid the truth like the plague...

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    More arms seizures and arrests after military coup reveal political links


    The daily seizures of firearms and ammunition and the arrests of suspects by the police and soldiers in the capital and the provinces after the military coup have once again divulged some connection with the political violence that have resulted in many casualties since the anti-government protest broke out in November last year.

    Now both the Army and the police investigators are stepping up their investigation to bring those responsible to justice.

    With the Army now in charge of peace and order, army personnel and police have managed to make a number of arrests of persons bearing military arms.

    Among the discoveries have been machine guns, rocket launchers, explosives and ammunition.

    But most alarming are the recent discoveries of RPGs or rocket propelled grenades, , hand grenades and RG5 (also known as “Time Delayed Hand Grenades”) in a banana tree patch. Large cache of ammunitions from a Chinese arms dealer were also uncovered in Chonburi.

    Latest discovery Thursday are M-26s (hand grenade) and M-67s (fragmentation hand grenade) in a grassy area next to the Jomtien-Pattaya road.

    Although the grenades looked old and worn, they are still live and lethal.

    The police believed these weapon were thrown away as owners feared of heavy punishment of up to 20 years in prison if not handed over to the authorities by June 10.

    But police said the most interesting discovery is the raid and arrest of suspects in a rented room in Krathum Baen district, Samut Sakhon province several weeks ago.

    In this discovery, forensic tests have verified that the weapons found at the scene were used to shoot at the protest rally of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) in Trat province on February 22 this year which resulted in three deaths, including two children.

    Investigations have implicated a long list of people of different levels involved in this discovery that even implicated the bloody riot against the Abhisit government in 2010, the explosion at the Metta mansion in Nonthaburi which points to a home-made bomb assemblers located in Minburi area.

    Authorities have now issued 10 arrest warrants of which three suspects were arrested, and an arms training video clip was also seized.

    Deputy Police Chief Pol Gen Aek Angsananon said he could verify that the bomb explosion in Minburi which led to two deaths was linked to the 2010 riot incident.

    The arrested suspects have been handed over to the Department of Special Investigation.

    He said the police have reliable sources that implicate this group to both incidents.

    Meanwhile, provincial police Thursday also managed to seize over 300 guns, of which 110 are licensed. Also among the discovery are two assault rifles and over 2,000 ammunition.

    Acting deputy chief of the Region Two Provincial Police revealed that the police have issued warrants for the arrest of Mr. Sornrak Malaitong and Mr. Phan Potong for illegal possession of ammunitions in connection to the discovery of the AK-47 and Sekase assault rifles in a parked vehicle in Chantra Resort, Nakorn Nayok province last May.

    Mr Sornrak is the owner of the redshirt community radio station in Nonthaburi.

    A warrant has also been issued for the vehicle’s owner, Ms. Thantari Jarujittiwat, wife of Mr Sithichai Kittikanesuan, a former MP of the Pheu Thai party.

    Mr. Sithichai is also the proprietor of the Chantra Resort and has now turned himself into the authorities and he has denied any connection.

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    Pity a coup had to occur to curb the murdering/violence

    Warrants sought for nine over attacks on PDRC
    Maybe there'll be some prosecutions over the massacre at Wat Pathum.
    Let’s hope everyone who committed a crime is brought to justice (either side of the aisle) in time. And let’s also hope no one is ever given immunity to any criminal offences committed.
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    ^ Cannot believe a word these thugs utter.

    Just who's guns are pointing at the pro democracy supporters heads?

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    Democracy and liberty are not the same thing. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual


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    Which would you rather have ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandyhole View Post
    ^ Cannot believe a word these thugs utter.

    Just who's guns are pointing at the pro democracy supporters heads?


    Why is the most popular post about the military, you can not believe a word they say. Why don't you just admit things could possibly be improving in Thailand, you people are unbelievable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPETER65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dandyhole View Post
    ^ Cannot believe a word these thugs utter.

    Just who's guns are pointing at the pro democracy supporters heads?


    Why is the most popular post about the military, you can not believe a word they say. Why don't you just admit things could possibly be improving in Thailand, you people are unbelievable.
    Who do the military tell you they answer to?

    Or you admit the converse?

    And who's heads are the Junta guns pointing at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPETER65 View Post
    Democracy and liberty are not the same thing. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual


    Walter E Williams


    Which would you rather have ?
    Who said they were, but I would champion self-determination for the thai people, would you?

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    Improving , improving, improving, did you say improving, of course conditions are improving, 7/11 and Tesco Lotus popping up all over the place, and a Subway, good news lads, no need to worry, things have got better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandyhole View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RPETER65 View Post
    Democracy and liberty are not the same thing. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual


    Walter E Williams


    Which would you rather have ?
    Who said they were, but I would champion self-determination for the thai people, would you?

    Only pointing out the ideology of democracy as quite often refered to by some posters on this forum is not really the answer to the many problems in Thailand.


    As far as self determination, I would always choose self determination, but only if it actually reflects the true wishes of the people. With the politics in Thailand being as corupt as they are I would suggest this to be impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    Improving , improving, improving, did you say improving, of course conditions are improving, 7/11 and Tesco Lotus popping up all over the place, and a Subway, good news lads, no need to worry, things have got better.

    I see you failed to mention killers, scammers, , horders of illegal weapons being arrested and there weapons confiscated, and most importantly destitute farmers being paid long overdue payments, I could go on but I think you get the point,well maybe not you and many other posters seem to be quite myopic, all hung up on democracy being the fix all.

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    Been watching various twitter and Facebook type media since the coup, and the pattern does look to be an assault on any pro-democracy elements out there by Prayuths Junta.

    But how far does he intend to go?

    Cleanse the shins from Thailand
    Cleanse the shins and supporters from Thailand
    Cleanse the Redshirts also from Thailand
    Cleanse the UDD also from Thailand
    Ethnically cleanse the whole of Issaan from Thailand

    To complete his attack on democracy , and deny the "peasants" the vote, I would think Prayuth May favour the last option

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandyhole View Post
    Been watching various twitter and Facebook type media since the coup, and the pattern does look to be an assault on any pro-democracy elements out there by Prayuths Junta.

    But how far does he intend to go?

    Cleanse the shins from Thailand
    Cleanse the shins and supporters from Thailand
    Cleanse the Redshirts also from Thailand
    Cleanse the UDD also from Thailand
    Ethnically cleanse the whole of Issaan from Thailand

    To complete his attack on democracy , and deny the "peasants" the vote, I would think Prayuth May favour the last option



    You seem to suggest an eternal attack on democracy, history shows this not to be true, when has the military in Thailand held power for more than a few months, I see they are predicting elections to be held in about a year.

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    The military are just doing what they do best, cause more fear for there own propaganda machine.

    Finding arms in streets etc suggests the fight is off, if you wished to continue the struggle would you be throwing them away.

    I know what i would be doing hiding them were they wouldn't be found so easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPETER65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dandyhole View Post
    ^ Cannot believe a word these thugs utter.

    Just who's guns are pointing at the pro democracy supporters heads?


    Why is the most popular post about the military, you can not believe a word they say. Why don't you just admit things could possibly be improving in Thailand, you people are unbelievable.
    It has little to do with facts, truth or reality, and much to do with perception. Sell that right, and you can get the people to burn each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandyhole View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RPETER65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dandyhole View Post
    ^ Cannot believe a word these thugs utter.

    Just who's guns are pointing at the pro democracy supporters heads?


    Why is the most popular post about the military, you can not believe a word they say. Why don't you just admit things could possibly be improving in Thailand, you people are unbelievable.
    Who do the military tell you they answer to?

    Or you admit the converse?

    And who's heads are the Junta guns pointing at?
    Just pointing, for now, but it may well be at two high profile heads not one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPETER65 View Post


    You seem to suggest an eternal attack on democracy, history shows this not to be true, when has the military in Thailand held power for more than a few months, I see they are predicting elections to be held in about a year.
    Thai history is definately not on of my strong points, but would have to take a second look at this. Kriangsak - 3 years in power followed by Prem.....8 years in power......

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    Improving , improving, improving, did you say improving, of course conditions are improving, 7/11 and Tesco Lotus popping up all over the place, and a Subway, good news lads, no need to worry, things have got better.
    Those 'popups' were being planned from months if not years back, and the owners know that the cost of an abortion far exceeds the temporary cost of forging ahead.

    Get this right; no matter what our glorious leaders do to the country, Thailand will bounce back as a viable exporter and tourist destination. Probably not as a 'democracy', but there's no loss on that front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPETER65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dandyhole View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RPETER65 View Post
    Democracy and liberty are not the same thing. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual


    Walter E Williams


    Which would you rather have ?
    Who said they were, but I would champion self-determination for the thai people, would you?

    Only pointing out the ideology of democracy as quite often refered to by some posters on this forum is not really the answer to the many problems in Thailand.


    As far as self determination, I would always choose self determination, but only if it actually reflects the true wishes of the people. With the politics in Thailand being as corupt as they are I would suggest this to be impossible.
    Self determination is a great term, but not for all. In backward and underdeveloped countries it is typically a method to install looters and murderers, while in the West it determines who will have the power to serve or ignore the interests of the people.

    This is evident from our great new 'democracies', from the Soviet states to Africa and the MidEast and region, when you look at what the nouveau free 'self determined'...

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