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24 April 2014 :: 12:04:42 pm 84884

Deal made; mob re-opens road after Phuket blockade

PHUKET: Northern Phuket was brought to a standstill last night (April 23) for seven hours as thousands of locals protested angrily about the way the arrest of twin teens over the rape of a pregnant woman was handled by Ta Chat Chai police in Mai Khao.
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Four flights were delayed significantly from leaving Phuket International Airport as tourists were unable to get to the airport – many opting to get out of their mode of transport and walk the distance with their luggage instead.

Traffic was backed up at least 10km to the north of the blockade on Thepkrassatri Road, near the turnoff to Phuket International Airport, and 7km to the south.The mob began gathering in the afternoon, as locals got together on the island’s main arterial route. What sparked the mob was when 17-year-old twin brothers were arrested for a vicious rape attack on a five-month-pregnant woman, aged 25, on Sunday night (April 20). On Wednesday night, the protesters demanded three things including the removal of four unpopular Ta Chat Chai policeman after they allegedly wrongfully arrested three men and then tried to force them to confess.

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They also wanted the twins to take part in a re-enactment of the attack on the woman, and demanded an apology by the police to the men wrongfully arrested. Police refused to make the twins do a re-enactment for the fear they would be attacked by angry locals. As darkness fell last night, Phuket Police Deputy Commanders Col Peerayut Karajedi and Col Sakchai Limjarern, and Col Somchai Sanprasert from Ta Chat Chai police station tried to reach an agreement with the leader of the mob, who was the victim’s brother. The police agreed the four police would come to apologise, but by 8pm there was still no sign of them so the blockade continued. Governor Maitri Inthusut came to the scene at around 11pm and met with the police trying to break up the mob and the main leaders of the mob.

This time, negotiations were successful after 20 minutes of discussion, and the Governor agreed to the mob’s three demands. The Governor then went to the house of the mother of an 18-year-old wrongfully arrested, and apologised on behalf of the police. The mob agreed to disperse around 11.30pm, and by midnight traffic was starting to flow again.

View the original story on The Phuket News

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