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About 200 Chinese-speaking Thai tour guides rallied at Phuket provincial hall Monday demanding authorities crack down on the large number of illegal Chinese guides who have taken over their jobs. 

The group, led by the president of the Phuket Professional Guide Association, Jaifu sae Lee, and Arparat Chartjutikamjorn, submitted a letter to Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut through his deputy Somkiet Sangkhaosutthirak.

They want authorities to arrest about 300 Chinese who are in Thailand disguised as tourists but working as guides for companies believed to belong to Chinese investors but registered under Thai proxies. Thai work permit laws prohibit foreigners from working as tour guides.

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