Pom Mahakan community residents resist city’s eviction order

Hundreds of residents living for several decades at the century old Mahakan Fort or locally known as Pom Mahakan in the compound of Wat Sakhet formed resistance lines this morning to block a hundred of city workers trying to enter their community in the capital's old town zone to demolish their houses after deadline for eviction had expired.

The angry residents blocked the entrance to their old community with traffic barricades, holding posters protesting the eviction.

No outsiders were allowed to enter their community even media representatives to take photographs.

They demanded negotiations with person who has authority to suspend and definitely stop the eviction saying they won't leave whatever would happen.

They said they wanted authorities to preserve this ancient community which in history served as the front defense wall of the capital.

By press time, both sides were still caught in a standoff with a hundred of soldiers and police keep watching as city officials and workers with their equipment were kept outside the residents' defense line.

Latest report said residents opened talk with Bangkok deputy governor Pol Maj Gen Gen Aswin Kwanmuang, but no settlement was reached.

Earlier the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) placed public notices around the 240-years-old Mahakan fort for some 200 community residents to leave the place as it will begin dismantling their houses next month.

The community comprises 56 houses with about 220 residents.

Residents were ordered to leave the fort area by September 3 on order of the court to facilitate authorities to beautify the place and turn it to a public park.

Initially 13 houses will be dismantled after owners agreed to move out.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)