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Surat Thani – Over a hundred of Samui entrepreneurs mobbed the outside the Tourist Police Division Office after being forced by the police to pay 50,000-100,000 Baht for selling pirated goods.
On the 15th of November, Mr. Chulit Somkeard, the mainstay of Samui entrepreneurs led over a hundred of people and entrepreneurs to surround Samui Tourist Police Division Office in Bo Phut sub-district, Koh Samui shouting to have Pol.Sen.Sgt.Maj. Sitthitat Saengmanee and Pol.Maj. Sanchai Thinwongdaeng, the head of Samui Tourist Police Division Office, expelled.
The protest came after the police seized pirated goods, insisted the entrepreneurs to sign their names and threatened to send them to the inquiry official if they didn’t pay a fine, the entrepreneurs felt frustrated because there were no actual arrests so they felt like the police just wanted their money. The amount of money the police asked for was 50,000-100,100 Baht per one entrepreneur, and if anyone refused to pay, they were told they would be immediately charged with serious charges.
The latest reports suggest that while protesting, no police officers came out to listen to the entrepreneurs’ complaints, or explain the situation, and that the Samui people and entrepreneurs have vowed to continue to protest until they hear some explanations from the authorities.