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Chatuchak vendors want help over extortion, costs

About 20 vendors at Chatuchak Weekend Market called yesterday for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha to help them with many problems at this world famous shopping site.

The vendors say the market is plagued by high administration costs and extortion.

The vendors want the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) back as the manager of the market. The BMA had managed the market for 30 years turning it into a famous attraction until the land-lease contract expired on January 1, 2012.

Chatuchak Weekend Market is located on a plot of land owned by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), which now runs the place. "But the SRT cost of management is several times higher than that of the BMA," a vendor complained.

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