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28 people arrested at private villa parties in Pattaya for violating disease control orders

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Private parties at luxury pool villas in a Pattaya neighbourhood were raided by police last night and 28 people were arrested. Around 50 officers from the Banglamung district and Chon Buri stations were called to the area after neighbours complained that the parties could potentially lead to the spread Covid-19. A birthday party for an English teacher was hosted at one of the villas while another party was going on across the street.

Reports say those at the parties violated Thailand’s Emergency Decree which was imposed last year to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. Partygoers were not wearing masks or social distancing. Many of those arrested are foreign nationals including 13 people from the Philipinnes, 6 people from Russia, 2 people from France, 1 person from the UK, 1 person from Canada, 1 person from Albania, and 1 person from Cambodia. The other 3 people are from Thailand.

Pattaya News says many of the foreigners were “shocked” by the raid. Apparently, they tried to convince the police that they weren’t breaking the law because the event was private. Under the emergency order, all gatherings that risk the spread of Covid-19 are prohibited.

The partygoers face charges for violating the Emergency Decree and Communicable Disease Act. Police did not report on any additional charges the partygoers or hosts may face.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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    Willem

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:19 am

    I can be wrong but in one of the chonburi orders i did read that private gatherings up to 30 people where allowed.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Let that be a lessons to you criminals out there.
    When you break the law do it quietly, except when you are blowing open a safe.

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    Grant

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Why do these dirty men n women come here to disrespect the law just like their sexpat uncle DJT, DIRTY MEN, if it were someone from other country, you’ll see them out on here with stupid statements , deport them , nothing good comes from them , the only thing they’re good at is evil, killing ppl around the world, scamming other countries.

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      Thaiger

      Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:01 am

      Grant – Jmartinpowell@outlook.com – We’ll ask you to moderate your comments and show a bit of general respect to the other commenters. Ed

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    Simon Small

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    90% farang – who’d have guessed?

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    Simon Small

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    “I can be wrong but in one of the chonburi orders i did read that private gatherings up to 30 people where allowed”

    AFAIK it’s a “red province” restriction, so national, @Willem, and the restriction applies to all “parties” except traditional ones such as funerals.

    Provincial governors, etc can only add additional provincial and local restrictions – they can’t reduce national ones.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    @Simon Small –
    Well there is no point in raiding a Thai party, there is not much money to be made.
    What fines will the three Thai persons face?

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    Simon Small

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    “Well there is no point in raiding a Thai party, there is not much money to be made.”

    Have you ever been to Thailand, @toby andrews?

    You don’t seem to realise that Thais are fined routinely by the BiB just as much as farangs.

    The BiB are also very unlikely to make any money from this incident since with all the publicity the chances of charges being dropped in return for some tea-money is between nil and zero.

    “What fines will the three Thai persons face?”

    Almost certainly exactly the same as anyone else there – the organisers may be fined more.

    How much? Well, Prayut’s just been fined 6,000 baht for not wearing a mask at a government meeting so that may be a guide.

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    Jeff

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    @Thaiger…why do you continue to publish the hate speech of the poster named “Grant”? He/she is defaming foreigners constantly and using your publication to do so. This isn’t a country with free speech, nor are you a platform that can just say we aren’t responsible for the content. You are responsible for publishing the hate speech by this person.

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    Russell

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    @Simon Small – They must teach math differently where you come from. There were only 11 farangs out of 28. Where I come from that is 39.29%

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    David Mann

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:48 am

    I would urge all to ignore @Grant. He/she is clearly either:
    Mentally disturbed.
    Uneducated idiot.
    Lacking travel experience

    My advice is just ignore anything posted. I know I’m adding to the debate, but I would urge everyone simply not to grace the comments with even the slightest of responses. He/she is clearly too ashamed to give their nationality which can mean only one thing, Embarrassment.

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    ccwhatley

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    i feel happy to see this kind of activity being stopped by authorities… this, and other types of activities like this, are the reason for the increase of infected people here.

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