BANGKOK (Reuters) – The Thai Navy boarded a floating US Bitcoin merchant and his Thai companion cab on Saturday, both known members of the "Maritime" movement, who might have faced the death penalty for setting up their offshore homes.
Andaman Sea, Phuket Island, Thailand City, 2019 April 13 It depicts a floating hut, home to an American and his Thai partner. 2019 April 13
The Thai authorities have canceled a US citizen Chad Elwartowski visa and accused him and his partner Supranee Thepdet of violating Thai sovereignty by increasing a small hall over 14 nautical miles from the west coast of Thailand. Phuket Island.
The Ocean Builders Group Cabin was promoted as the "world's first coastline", which is part of the technology and liberal wheel movement, creating craft communities beyond nations as a way to search for alternative societies and governments.
"I was free for a moment. Probably the freest man in the world, ”said Elwartowski on his April 13th, before the Thai Navy sailed his floating home.
Elwartowski, 46, and Supranee, whose Facebook page describes it as a "Bitcoin Expert, Trader, Chef, Seastead Pioneer, apparently escaped after the previous day's airplane flew through the cab.
The Royal Thai Navy Task Force planned to use the structure on Saturday to drag it to use as evidence, but in the afternoon it was still studying how to move it without damaging it, the fleet said.
Elwartowski said in a video published last month detailing the buoyancy of a floating house that another 20 similar homes would be sold to become a community.
Elwartowski and Ocean Builders say they have been in international waters and outside of Thailand's jurisdiction. The Thai authorities claim that the structure is 200 miles in the exclusive economic zone and therefore violates its sovereignty.
On Saturday, the Thai Armed Forces Task Force was sent to a building that will be handed over to the Phuket police to be considered an act of legal action.
Maritime shipping said it had evidence that a floating house was built in a private shipyard in Phuket, and said the couple wanted to establish a "permanent sea life beyond the sovereignty of nations, using a legal loophole".
He said the action "reveals the intention to disobey Thai law as a coastal state and could create a new state in Thai territorial waters … undermining Thai national security, as well as economic and social interests. maritime countries.
In response to an e-mail from Reuters, Elwartowski submitted all the questions to the Seasteading Institute and referred to the online statements of the Ocean Builders website.
Elwartowski and Supranee are members of Ocean Builders who have refused to claim that they are planning to establish an independent state or "micro nation", as stated in his online statement.
The group said that a pair of active bitcoin investors did not create, invest or produce a floating home, but "volunteers were excited about the prospect of free life", documenting their lives as a "pioneer". On the coast of Phuket.
The US Embassy in Bangkok told Reuters that Elwartowski had recruited a lawyer and had been given appropriate assistance.
According to Ocean Builders, the concept of "maritime borders" has been under discussion for many years, but Elwartowski and Supranee were the first attempt to live in international waters.
Other groups, such as the Seasteading Institute, originally supported by PayPal founder Peter Thiel, sought to work with host countries to build floating cities.
Report by Juarawee Kittisilpa and Panu Wongcha-um. Edited by Kay Johnson and Nick Macfie