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Protesters greet Vice Governor Suthee Tongyam on Phuket today

Protesters Seek to Keep Phuket Homes Claimed by Bank

Monday, September 14, 2015
PHUKET: About 150 protesters descended on Phuket Provincial Hall today believing that they could lose their family homes in a bank's move to take over a large tract of land.

The protesters said that the Chalermprakeat and Kaktanod areas of Chalong were home to about 200 to 300 families but that notices have been issued to them all calling for them to move because a bank is the real owner.

The protesters admitted to Vice Governor Suthee Tongyam that they did not have title deeds but said some of them had been living in the area for as long as 20 years.

They asked the vice governor to check with the bank and with the Land Titles office to make sure that the eviction notices were legally justified.

Later today, Governor Nisit Jansomwong said that his understanding was that the bank came by ownership of the 80 or 90 rai involved because of a non-performing loan and that the bank appeared within its rights in asking the residents to vacate.

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"This land is your land, This land is my land..

..This land, was made for you and me."

- 1967 song used for Canada's 100'th birthday - perhaps the diddy could be revisited on Phuket..

Posted by farang888 on September 14, 2015 21:16

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Sad for the people living there ( for free!) 20 years on land of someone else, that they now have to leave.
But that is how it works.
Someone owns the land, left it 'sleeping', allowed people to live there illegal for 20 years! Now the land owner wants to do something with his/her land, so the illegal occupants have to leave. That is how it works.

Posted by Kurt on September 17, 2015 10:33

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This is what happens when you try and do things on the cheap, they never purchased the land, never paid tax on the land and when it all goes wrong for them they want to use tax payer's money by complaining to the government. They need to take responsibility and not expect the same when you do things on the cheap. If you have a Chanote title it helps but in Thailand it's still not guaranteed. These type of people expect when they nuy a used motorbike for it to have warranty like a new one. There is a phrase Thais love using, "Cheap Charlie"

Posted by I am pretty far from ok on September 18, 2015 21:31


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