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Operation Patong begins with task force raids aimed at taxi drivers

Phuket Task Force Begins Huge Strike Against Patong Taxi 'Mafia' and Suspected Supporters

Latest ''Operation Patong'' began predawn on Thursday with hundreds of soldiers, Navy personnel and police moving to end the historic hold of the ''taxi mafia'' on the holiday island of Phuket.

Former Mayor Pian Keesin: Patong home raided today

Former Patong Mayor's Home, Family Business Raided in Swoop by Task Force

Latest Armed soldiers and police swooped on the home of former Patong Mayor Pian Keesin as a task force operation to end Phuket's ''taxi mafia'' moved into high gear.

Jack Davies, who has died on Phi Phi, off Phuket

Fuel Prices Fall; Brad Marries Angelina; Russia Invades Ukraine; Young Brit Dies on Phi Phi; Tourists Can Extend Visas; Phuket Underpass Blackout

Phuket Updating Digest Tourists gain extra time in Thailand; Trade balance backs down in July; Alcohol under tighter restrictions; Mystery death of Brit on Phi Phi; Phuket events.

Squeezed to meet you: a Phuket tiger with UFC fighter Luke Rockhold

Phuket Tiger Becomes Centre of News Ball Game

Latest Stars and stripes are being taken to the ball game in an Internet sensation over a UFC fighter who came to grips with a tiger on Phuket.

Bangkok Hospital Phuket in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami

UPDATE Phuket's Largest Private Hospitals in 3.6 Billion Baht Buyout, Say Reports

Latest Phuket's two largest and best-known private hospitals, Bangkok Hospital Phuket and Phuket International, would be run by the same group in a 3.6b baht buyout.

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Re: Phuket Raiders Nab Tuk-Tuks Used in Patong Blockade: Scores of Arrested Drivers to Face Court
NomadJoe wrote on Thursday August 28, 2014 at 21:13

Q: What do you call 22 confiscated tuk tuks and 68 arrested tuk tuk drivers? A: A good start.

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Re: UPDATE Phuket's Largest Private Hospitals in 3.6 Billion Baht Buyout, Say Reports
christian wrote on Friday August 29, 2014 at 04:15

Sue Why this "bed" talk? Hospitals earn alot of money from all kinds of people coming to see a doctor for a multit...

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Re: Phuket Task Force Begins Huge Strike Against Patong Taxi 'Mafia' and Suspected Supporters
Smithy wrote on Thursday August 28, 2014 at 23:55

(moderated) Go on, Ed. I dare you to post it this time.

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Re: Phuket Raiders Nab Tuk-Tuks Used in Patong Blockade: Scores of Arrested Drivers to Face Court
Smithy wrote on Thursday August 28, 2014 at 23:51

Excellent, Joe. Excellent.

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Re: Phuket Raiders Nab Tuk-Tuks Used in Patong Blockade: Scores of Arrested Drivers to Face Court
The War Whores wrote on Thursday August 28, 2014 at 23:43

So this has nothing to do with taxis acting like thugs and other assorted allegations, but for a Tuk Tuk blockade ? ...

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Re: Phuket Raiders Nab Tuk-Tuks Used in Patong Blockade: Scores of Arrested Drivers to Face Court
Michael wrote on Thursday August 28, 2014 at 22:47

arrived at airport this week and was aamazed by the differnce not once did i get asked for a taxi outside

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Re: Phuket Raiders Nab Tuk-Tuks Used in Patong Blockade: Scores of Arrested Drivers to Face Court
Martin wrote on Thursday August 28, 2014 at 22:33

"Khun Srikam said Prab Keesin was at a seminar off the island, looking at reforms of Thailand." Classic

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Re: Phuket Task Force Begins Huge Strike Against Patong Taxi 'Mafia' and Suspected Supporters
wrote on Thursday August 28, 2014 at 21:23

Please start now with the thaimafia conroling many condos, just stealing the income, refusing any control. Start in P...

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