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    Homeless population rising in Pattaya as Covid-19 measures continue

    Local Pattaya residents are expressing concern for what they state is a rising number of homeless residents on the streets of the city, many of them having lost their jobs and place of residence due to Covid-19 measures, restrictions, and lack of tourists.

    Additionally, with hundreds of businesses shut, some permanently and some temporarily, homeless are now sleeping and living directly around, in front of, and in some cases inside of abandoned or shut venues. Pattaya City has had entertainment venues, massage shops, cinemas, etc. only shut for two weeks, along with some other places, but the true factor hurting the city currently according to Pattaya City Officials is that with the current round of Covid-19 foreign tourists without quarantine have been unable to visit for over a year and domestic tourism has plummeted to near nothing due to fear of Covid-19. This has caused the vast tourism industry of the city, which is an estimated over 80% of the local GDP, to struggle even if a business can stay open.

    Hotels are once again temporarily closing and laying off staff, restaurants cannot sell alcohol and their hours have been reduced causing many to also temporarily close, and hundreds of businesses that depend on tourists like tailors, laundry, boat tours, tourist attractions, and others are either closed or struggling due to lack of tourism. In 2019, Pattaya was one of the top 20 most visited places in the world with roughly ten million foreign tourists and about 7 million domestic tourists, coming in with Phuket as the most popular non-Bangkok destination in Thailand. Covid-19, now stretching on for over a year and closing Pattaya’s famous (or infamous depending on your perspective) nightlife for the third time in twelve months.

    The homeless population has always been around in Pattaya but has risen exponentially (along with the homeless animal population which has seen estimated rising numbers of hundreds of strays, especially dogs, around Pattaya, but that is a different story) and has especially risen during each round of Covid-19 measures and restrictions. Pattaya City has done different things to attempt to control the problem, some successful, some not.

    The photos in this post were taken on April 25th, 2021, and only reflect a small portion of the growing homeless in the city. The problem is complex, according to Chonburi Provincial authorities who work with the homeless and run shelters, as many of those on the streets have both physical and mental illnesses or drug addictions. Indeed, some local residents have recently complained to city hall about allegedly seeing homeless people living in front of shuttered businesses openly consuming illegal drugs. They have also complained about some causing former business fronts to look poor with makeshift shelters, garbage, and other alleged violations.

    According to the Chonburi Provincial Authority, many of the homeless are also foreign nationals from Cambodia, Laos, or Myanmar who cannot return home for a variety of reasons including unrest in their own countries or border closures due to Covid-19. Many worked in the service or hospitality industry but lost their jobs and are now unable to leave. Sending them home is often not an option, especially for Myanmar nationals. The homeless who are Thai nationals often don’t want to leave to their home province as finding food and begging is still much easier in Pattaya than in a remote province.


    Pattaya City officials stated they will continue to attempt to offer support for the local homeless as well as ensure they are not violating any laws. One thing is for sure-the longer the Covid-19 situation continues causing businesses to close and people to lose their livelihoods, the more homeless are seen on area streets.

    Homeless population rising in Pattaya as Covid-19 measures continue, local residents concerned - The Pattaya News

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    perhaps a go fund me page for hungry jet ski operators is in order.

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    The fundamental truth, still unspoken by many, is that the only solution to this crisis is mass vaccination, not only here, but throughout the region. While the policies of neighbouring countries are beyond their control the authorities here have nevertheless screwed up with a disastrous performance reflecting the reality that their insular and eccentric culture is a blueprint for failure.

    The world embarked on a crash programme of vaccine development mid summer and by autumn the first results were already mooted as successful and an immunisation plan could therefore be prepared.

    So, what has Thailand done to prepare? Well, the first registration process was announced, not six months ago, not three months, not last month but two days ago.

    In the end, it is a third world emerging country governed by a flawed system that has incompetence and stupidity as its leitmotif.

    And with this particular junta at its core the people cannot even protest without fear of victimisation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    The fundamental truth, still unspoken by many
    Que??

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    Since 2008, the 1st world has turned into a the 3rd world with overvalued currencies. We are no less corrupt and incompetent than them anymore. If this happened between 1990 and 2008 the first world would have been vaccinated in months. And then they would have sold to at cost or donated as much vaccine as the 3rd world needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YourDaddy View Post
    Que??
    I was perhaps being too elliptical - the subject is to a considerable extent taboo and cannot be scrutinised publicly. An earlier post explaining it in detail was quickly removed for obvious reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Since 2008, the 1st world has turned into a the 3rd world with overvalued currencies. We are no less corrupt and incompetent than them anymore. If this happened between 1990 and 2008 the first world would have been vaccinated in months. And then they would have sold to at cost or donated as much vaccine as the 3rd world needed.
    Do you still take hallucinogenic drugs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    I was perhaps being too elliptical


    That won't help.

    He'll think you're posting from a gym.

    By the way, this 'fundamental truth unspoken by many' that you keep dripping on about is also known as 'a statement of the bleedin obvious'.

    You are completely ignoring the true cause though: that the vaccine is still available mainly just to countries that can afford it.
    Last edited by cyrille; 27-04-2021 at 11:08 AM.

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    You stupid fuck, the AZ costs $5 and is produced currently at cost.

    The major significant factor here in Thailand is that none from foreign suppliers was fucking ordered for months.

    You really are quite poor from time to time.

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    There are massive supply difficulties with AZ. In particular, the huge rise in cases in India has lead them to feel that they'd rather keep what they're producing.

    Do keep up.

    Hence 'the vaccine is still mainly available just to countries that can afford it'. Those countries have the vaccines that are more expensive than AZ et al.

    Let me know if you struggle with any more of the basics. Happy to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Do you still take hallucinogenic drugs?

    Who could deny that the gap between the 3rd world and 1st has been narrowing for the last 10-15 years. The 3rd would trending up slightly and the 1st down about the same.

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    Cyril, which bit of ' Thailand failed to order stocks from myriad foreign suppliers for months ' did you not understand, you gonzo retard. Have you got post-covid foggy brain or what?

    The Sputnik vaccine is less than $10, the Pfizer is around $15 - $25 depending, and Moderna about the same.

    In 2019 Thailand's GDP was $US 543 billion with a current account surplus running at $US40 billion. And never mind its fucking gold reserves.


    You are an arse and you haven't a fucking clue about a country upon which you profess to be a fucking expert.

    Thailand ain't that poor it can't buy medicines, you spastic mofo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Thailand ain't that poor it can't buy medicines, you spastic mofo.
    It takes time to work through all the skimming and backhander detail and order enough brown envelopes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Homeless population rising in Pattaya
    Where is the Tent City?

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    It is simple regarding Pattaya.

    All those up country girls that come to Pattaya to work in the bars including their boyfriends that followed them can fuck off and go home now.

    Problem solved!

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    These homeless look like une
    unemployed from the 1930's. They just don't have anything to do. They aren't completely lost in a drug stupor like the modern homeless in the west

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