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04 December 2010 :: 16:12:05 pm 47198

Protest By 4,000 Entertainment Venue Workers Closes North Pattaya Road

About 4000 entertainment venue workers held a protest rally in North Pattaya blocking off the street to traffic. They were airing their grievances concerning the lack of progress from officials in easing opening time restrictions during the high season, and threatened more disruptive protests to come.
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Pattaya, 3 December 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At about 3.30pm approximately 4,000 Pattaya entertainment venue workers held a protest rally, closing off the North Pattaya Road and Loma roundabout. Their complaint was to local and government officials about the lack of progress in easing restrictions on closing times, and the damage this was causing to the city’s tourism image.

Mr. Bandit Siritonyong (Pattaya Nightlife Club Chairman) had previously stated that  Commission of Counter Corruption officers had inspected the area to find irregularities in the opening hours of the venues. Even so, during the 3 – 4 months of high season every year, the operators wanted to receive as many tourists as possible. In addition, the officials should bear in mind that 70% of tourists were foreigners.

Mr. Siritonyong added that inspections by the Commission of Counter Corruption officers, had pressured the local police into a stricter implementation of the rules and a tightening of controls on the venues.

The venue operators decided they could no longer keep quiet and decided on another protest rally. They aimed to air their grievances directly to the Prime Minister, Interior Minister, Justice Minister, Chon Buri Governor, and Pattaya Mayor as follows:

1. The government had to be more flexible with the opening hours especially during the high season. At the same time the operators would comply strictly with the rules of operation in their venues, including the control of under 20 year-olds, drugs, and the carrying of weapons.

2. Extending closing times to be 4.00 am on weekdays and 4.30 am on Friday and Saturday inside the entertainment zone;  and 3.00 am and 3.30 am outside the zone.

3. Appoint a committee representing venue operators to participate in the  process determining zoning and opening times.

Mr. Siritonyong stated that this protest’s aim was to get a response from the officials to their complaints and a letter had now been sent directly to the Chon Buri Governor. If there was still no clear response, the protest groups would organize another rally on TH December on the Sukhumvit Road in Central Pattaya and block off the traffic coming from and going to Chon Buri.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Community News

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