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Hong Kong protests not affecting Thai workers

Thailand's Department of Employment has confirmed that the current protests in Hong Kong have had no impact on Thai workers because most Thais have domestic work.
Sumet Mahosot, director-general of the Department of Employment, said that 28,092 Thais are in Hong Kong and that number includes 2,848 workers.
Most workers, 2,669, are housemaids, while the rest are cooks and masseuses.
As the protests are taking place in the financial and commercial districts, they do not affect most Thai workers who work in their employers' homes.
However, Mr Sumet said the department informed Thais who were about to leave for Hong Kong of the local situation there so that they could make informed decisions. In addition, labour officials are warning Thai workers in Hong Kong not to enter protest sites.
Thai Airways International stated that it closed its office near protest venues today for the safety of customers and staff. The closure will continue until Sunday due to next weekend and the National Day of China.
The airline is operating its Bangkok-Hong Kong flights as usual.

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