Phuket Weekend Market in Slow Motion
A disturbing observation......
For those who are used to go to the weekend market in Phuket, it is bound to be impressive.
The alleys with the many closed shops, a situation that gives a completely gloomy air to this place which is usually crowded with visitors both local and foreign.
The few shopkeepers trying to sell a few items offer really low prices, which proves how delicate and difficult the situation remains.
This health crisis, even if the virus has been virtually non-existent for many weeks in Thailand, is still terrible for people who cannot work because of the absence of tourists due to the extreme firmness of the government.
Tourists are non-existent indeed, and the only foreigners we come across here and there are expat residents, and we cannot say that they are numerous and that they "run" the business.
No one knows how to forecast any kind of timetable at the moment and how to envisage a more certain future.
In Bangkok, students have started to demonstrate en masse their dissatisfaction. The resignations of ministers are taking place one after another in the capital, so we can certainly expect something new in the coming weeks. Will the government allow some flexibility in its decisions? It will have to be, because the people no longer have enough money to pay their rents or to eat.
A number of my expat acquaintances here in Phuket are about to return home... they are leaving, but have no idea when they might return.