Samui protest at new police station site

Samui protest at new police station site

A policeman keeps an eye on tourists on a beach on Koh Samui. Police on the island will have a new office away from the district town. (Photo from Koh Samui police station Facebook)
A policeman keeps an eye on tourists on a beach on Koh Samui. Police on the island will have a new office away from the district town. (Photo from Koh Samui police station Facebook)

SURAT THANI - About 100 community leaders and villagers protested in the streets of Koh Samui district on Sunday over a plan to move the main police station on the island away from the district township.

The Koh Samui police station has been located downtown for more than 60 years and a plan to relocate it 15 kilometres away from the old site has stirred opposition from the locals.

About 100 people joined the rally and held up a large banner demanding the new police station be built on the present location.

The demonstrators, led by Visal Boromthanarat, chairman of the Koh Samui police commission, forwarded their protest letter signed by 2,000 residences, to Paithoon Krajajang, superintendent of the police station before they dispersed.

Locals on Koh Samui rally on Sunday against a plan to relocate the police station to a new site. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

They said the new site would make it inconvenient for island people to contact police as they would have to travel farther from the district town.

Pol Col Paithoon said their demand would be sent to his supervisor, Pol Maj Gen Apichart Boonsriro, chief of Surat Thani police force, for consideration.

The relocation of the police station is part of the Thai Khem Khang project initiated by the Abhisit government to replace 396 old police stations across the country with new ones.


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