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Foreigners arrested for swimming at closed Pattaya beaches – VIDEO

Jack Burton

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PHOTOS: The Pattaya News

Police in Pattaya arrested 3 foreigners who were violating public orders to stay off of public beaches at around noon today, at the back of a hotel in the province’s Pratumnak area. Pattaya City police officers told reporters they issued several soft warnings to the foreigners while they were in the water, but they refused to stop swimming and simply ignored the warnings.

Authorities say that after the foreigners refused to obey their warnings they decided to arrest them. Their nationality and names were not released.

Foreigners arrested for swimming at closed Pattaya beaches - VIDEO | News by Thaiger

Foreigners arrested for swimming at closed Pattaya beaches - VIDEO | News by Thaiger

All three were were taken to the Pattaya City Police Station for further legal action.. Under strict Emergency Decree laws, meant to control the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, they face up to a year in jail and/or a fine up to 100,000 baht.

All Pattaya area beaches have numerous signs and tape to clearly state they are closed. Officials have said the closures are primarily to discourage travel by people from other provinces until the coronavirus situation in Thailand is resolved.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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