Phuket gearing up for Asean summit


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After the debacle that was Pattaya, they are now hoping to get things right in Phuket for the Asean+3+6 summit, reports the Phuket Gazette. Police officers on the island are being schooled in all things riot-related in preparation for the meeting, which is due to be held at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa on June 13 and 14.

A group of motorcycle-taxi drivers played the part of "mock rioters" by throwing water bottles and verbally abusing the police. Phuket's police learned everything from negotiation to using tear gas. There will be more than 2,000 Phuket police on hand during the summit.

What is interesting is that the PM is considering the Internal Security Act, which would "authorize the military's Internal Security Operations Center to issue orders to concerned agencies and control access along key travel routes for the summit".

Nothing is set in stone yet. Hopefully this summit in Phuket will pass without any interference from yellow shirts, red shirts, blue shirts, white shirts or any other kind of shirt. In fact, it's getting to the point where people in Thailand have to so carefully choose what color shirts they wear to work that it makes me wonder if luminous green might make a comeback.

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