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An island besieged by corruption and mafia: Army reclaims Koh Samet as true national park

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Redvic    70

Yet murder island (koh tao) remains  untouched???? Many big brown envelopes being passed to the army probably. 

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bluebluewater    980

Diogenes is on location at the island even as we speak - lantern in hand - and any of us who care at all about Thailand  have hope he will find what he is searching for.

 

Seems like a long shot though . . . . . 

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bsdthai    368

thinking too small. what about the entire country? Get rid of it all and have just the one family please. its simpler. oh, maybe thats the plan........

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Thechook    9,373
14 hours ago, johng said:

My thoughts go towards the  many hundreds of Thais who have suddenly been deprived of their lively hoods and now wont be able to provide for their families.

Yes the poor scammers,  thugs, mafia and other assorted lowlifes my heart bleeds.  

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Ron19    57,795

I spent most of a day there in 1991 and thoroughly enjoyed the idyllic setting. Haven't been back since but have read a number of articles about the changes that taken place since then. Wholeheartedly support the action taken.

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KittenKong    8,585
20 hours ago, nikmar said:

happy to read this. I hope it extends to other islands as well.

 

Why only islands? There's all the mainland too.

 

Scams and mafia-type practices are endemic everywhere here.

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mcfish    3,132

Absolutely brilliant! The army making sweeping reforms across Thailand

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mcfish    3,132
Very good job, I hope the work continues and extends to other places. Somehow I doubt it, but I live in hope.
 

It has already, cleaned up the foot path mafia on sukhumvit Bangkok and the boat Mafia Bali hi pattaya

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johng    3,297
1 hour ago, mcfish said:

It has already, cleaned up the foot path mafia on sukhumvit Bangkok and the boat Mafia Bali hi pattaya

 

don't forget  the "civil war"  "it" prevented  ( the one in Bangkok  not the 3 southern provinces )

the lottery vendors,beach chair/umbrella vendors,beach massage operations,food sellers peddling their wares,motorbike rental businesses,speedboat,jetski,banana boat businesses and people posting a like on facebook  98.3% of them are very happy with "it"

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thaigecko    1

Funny, I'm sitting here on Ao Cho reading this and 30 min ago a big group of soldiers and police came strolling on through talking to the resort staff.

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hotchilli    488
23 hours ago, johng said:

My thoughts go towards the  many hundreds of Thais who have suddenly been deprived of their lively hoods and now wont be able to provide for their families.

Please don't you're gonna make me cry...

they'll do just fine, and set-up illegally somewhere else in a few days!!!

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Briggsy    10,798
4 hours ago, KittenKong said:

 

Why only islands? There's all the mainland too.

 

Scams and mafia-type practices are endemic everywhere here.

Similar military tactics seen in Pattaya, Phuket (pseudo-mainland) and Phetchaboon.

 

It is about valuable land (seafront land tends to be very valuable) and control of the huge tourist industry income stream.

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HerbalEd    2,627
On 11/18/2016 at 11:47 AM, johng said:

My thoughts go towards the  many hundreds of Thais who have suddenly been deprived of their lively hoods and now wont be able to provide for their families.

Do your thoughts also go to thieves, robbers, pickpockets, corrupt officials, etc. who get arrested and convicted and are "deprived of their lively hoods (sic)?

 

They're all breaking the law.

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