PHUKET: DNA tests that could prove the residency of sea gypsies in Rawai and help them counter land claims of private investors seeking to evict them have been delayed due to the Bangkok Shutdown.

The tests are being done on bones found last year buried in the dirt floor of a sea gypsy home. If there is a match between the bone DNA and the DNA of current sea gypsy residents, it would bolster the sea gypsies’ claim that they have been living on the land for generations (story

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