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Hua Hin vendors plead for leniency as governor orders clean-up of beaches

The Nation/ANN | Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

BANGKOK - Hua Hin vendors on Wednesday pleaded for mercy to the National Council for Peace and Order after the Prachuap Khiri Khan governor ordered a clean-up of the beach and the demolition of their shops.

While the group was filing the complaint, crews tore down one of the targeted 66 shops, as shop attendants at the beach resisted them and told them the shop owners had gone to seek help from the NCPO.

Jongkonlanee Ritthirong, the leader of the group, said the governor's order, which was claimed to be based on NCPO policy, .lost many merchants their jobs.

The vendors over the past three decades had always followed the rules but were told to move out.

This order was directed only at small shops, not the encroaching resorts and restaurants of some big-time operators.

Regarding complaints about overcharging, she said that the shops clearly showed their prices on menus and that their Bt150 (S$5.90) "som tam" spicy papaya salad normally sold for that at tourist attractions like Pattaya and Phuket.

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