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Police on Koh Samui broke up the “Hippie Festival Samui” at a restaurant on Lamai Beach and arrested 4 French musicians, who were performing at the event, for allegedly working without a work permit. The manager of the restaurant, 48 year old Kannika Thongreuang, was arrested for selling alcohol during hours when alcohol sales are prohibited.

Around 100 Thai and foreign customers at the event, according to Thai media. Bo Phut police checked passports and took 2 bottles of beer as well as a some bills as “evidence” of the alcohol sales. The musicians – a drummer, saxophone player, bass player and guitar player – were all taken to the Bo Phut police station. Thai Visa says police had received complaints about an “illegal party.”

Just last month, on neighbouring Koh Pha Ngan, police broke up a party at the ThreeSixtyBar and arrested 111 people, including 89 foreigners, for allegedly breaking a number of laws relating to Thailand’s Emergency Decree put in place to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui are part of a trio of popular islands off the Surat Thani coast in the Gulf of Thailand.

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70 Comments

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:17 am

    No, nobodies allowed to enjoy themselves in Prayut’s Thailand.
    Do they really expect to attract tourists back for this treatment?

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      chupapi

      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      Stck to the rules and one day you will can. Up to that, stfu and contribute to the cause.

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        Toby Andrews

        Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 12:31 pm

        What cause?

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          Frank Leboeuf

          Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 3:08 pm

          I’m guessing it’s the “Esperanto for All” cause again…

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    Stardust

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:59 am

    What a farce and shooting their own foot. Go ahead kill the rest of the economy soon be done! THE economy will crash and cannot survive with this failures in all fields!

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    Joe

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Will they also be charged with L.M?,it’s becoming more like North Korea every day.

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      Ray

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 6:05 pm

      No of course they won’t be charged with L.M. Illegal parties are held in many countries where lockdowns are in place. I can understand it to some degree but it is also foolish, even when they are zero infections on the island. First, you are never sure everyone is covid free and secondly the party peeps are giving a signal off to others in areas with infections. What baffles me is that everyone assumed this would go undetected. It is a loud party after all. Perhaps they bribed one local officer who was stupid enough to accept. Hefty fines are justified. Deportation is a bit too harsh imho. I am all for individual freedom but under a pandemic we have give up some liberties.

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    Galaxy

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    “” Thai Visa says police had received complaints about an “illegal party.””
    What’s a pity! From where are coming the complaints??? And they cry because they want “TOURISTS”
    Sorry, but I can’t understand the Thai logic. Government or not.

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      Wayno

      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      Jealousy from venues that didn’t have any customers.
      Thais are all about me me me and now, right now. Nothing new in this story.

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    denis

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Fed up with these idiots of foreigners who do not obey the laws in Thailand. They don’t care: they are just passing through … But because of them, expatriates get a bad image and are subject to new and more restrictive laws … Party animals and other backpackers who play on the limits of the system should be banned in the Kingdom. They are just a nuisance

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      ipfunnyjohns

      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:28 pm

      Compliance of all rules anywhere will only lead to more rules that become harder and harder to comply with. If you didn’t get the memo, you are now only allowed to eat food and leave your house when the sun is out. Everything else is restricted.

      I support civil disobedience any where in the world. That doesn’t mean I personal will or won’t comply, but I’m simply saying i support it.

      I don’t wear a mask any where. I might hold one to my face when entering a mall.

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      Ploy

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 9:28 am

      You get a bad image because your 40 years older than your girlfriend. Idiot.

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        Denis

        Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:07 am

        Bad shot 😉 I don’t have any mia noi, i am married with a thai woman same age as me
        You have so many cliché in your small brain

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    Galaxy

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    One of my friends was 1 of the music player: He has been transferred to the police station. He has paid a fee of 50.000THB!!!!!. But that’s not the end: He has to again this afternoon to the police for what? He still does Know at the present moment. Your imagination is free, a real sheet….

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      denis

      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 12:26 pm

      No compassion for your friend. I hope he will take a max and be banned from Thailand for several years. Fed up with these egotists who never think about the consequences of their actions.

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        Galaxy

        Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 12:39 pm

        Sorry, but you are the number 1 of the egotists. And could you explained what would be the “CONSEQUENCES” of their actions mainly at Samui?. You don’t know at which time that happened!

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          Mister Stretch

          Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 1:35 pm

          The consequences…quite easily found out: “If a foreigner is caught working in Thailand without a work permit they face the possibility of imprisonment of up to three months and/or a fine of up to 5,000 Baht.” Are you sure you or your friend didn’t add a zero to the legal penalty?

          As for when it happened, obviously during the hours in which alcohol sales are banned.

          Someone who is tired of expats breaking the law, and giving those of us that live here a bad name isn’t an egoist.

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            Baroness

            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 3:38 am

            Playing the guitar in Thailand requires a “work permit”??? It does not say anywhere they were paid to play music. Only American democrats can doctor this kind of evidence. Next time when receiving the change at the local supermarket you’ll be charged for accepting money without a work permit.

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            Dreqo

            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:09 am

            That decree you’re referencing has been changed, long ago. The ‘penalty’ is a fine, 5k-50k. That’s it, there’s no jail time or deportation. For the future, it would be wise to know what the decrees actually state, prior to commenting.

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          denis

          Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:01 pm

          For more than a year, the Thai government, followed by Thais and expatriates who live in the country, have been making great efforts and sacrifices to contain the spread of the covid virus. And it works.

          And lo and behold, brainless strangers show up to satisfy their party needs (translate: drinking and fucking). Not content with hearing the usual labor laws, they are breaking Thailand’s Emergency Decree.

          The consequences are manifold. First of all, they create potential covid clusters. And that means a real risk to everyone else. Then, they give a disastrous picture of foreigners which carries over to expatriates living in the country. Finally, they offer the Thai authorities an opportunity to further tighten the laws on stay or immigration in Thailand.

          So, yes, these people deserve only one thing … Getting very heavy fines without being banned for life from the country. No one needs them here.

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            Issan John

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:05 pm

            I completely agree with you denis.

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            OHVT7

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:14 pm

            Are you one of this obidient taxpayers who like a good bootlicking ?

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            Maestro

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:59 pm

            I agree with you 100% @denis. Very simple: Follow the rules, especially as a foreigner.

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            Issan John

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 5:12 pm

            The other wasn’t me, Denis, but again someone commenting using my name, but FWIW i do completely agree. Thais and farangs alike are sick of these people.

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            quang

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 5:30 pm

            Ravi de cette nouvelle, J espère que les 4 français auront une belle amende et seront bani de la thailande pour quelques années 555. Travailler sans permis de travail alors que d autres paient des taxes et sécurité social.

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            June

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 6:37 pm

            Last year me nd my hubby went from suarnobhum to bangkapi.. We r stuck in soi sri nakharin.. Phn call came and old driver receive with irritation and say something in thai which i didn’t understand but only 4 word ” song, falang, suarnopum, bangkapi ” and i understand every thing ?

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            Issan John

            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 3:58 pm

            Neither of the above are me. Why are you using my name to comment?

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        Maag

        Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:30 pm

        denis , you are a stupid idiot!

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          Maestro

          Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 3:45 pm

          Why is denis a stupid idiot? First, he is making full sense.
          Second, do you know the difference between a stupid or idiot? You don’t.
          Educate yourself Magg (Mr Croissant) and pack your bags and get out of Thailand and Va au diable.

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            Manu

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 7:39 pm

            Pathetic (and racist? Croissant???) comment without any argument AT ALL . Have you ever heard “innocent until proven guilty”. You respect so much Thailand that you adhere to the authoritarian rules and their hugely corrupt institutions(as Denis, isaan John etc… the extreme right wing of the farangs) … but as guest, you adhere to them regardless… no question asked… coward and low life human being, that is what you are. Makes me sick..,

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            Maestro

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 9:43 pm

            Alright, Manu (Mr Baguette), you just hurt my feelings (5555). Listen, I adhere to the laws in Thailand, plain and simple.
            – Coward: I’m not.
            – Low life human being: I guess that from your incapacitated point of view I am.
            – I made you sick: I’m glad.

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          Manu

          Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 4:03 pm

          maag, completely agree with you. This stupid little Hitler Denis and his “look-at-me-what-a-good-ex-pat-i-am” followers are simply pathetic. They makes me want to throw up…

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            Manu

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 9:49 pm

            Using words with no meaning is showing what a pointless human beings you are. Let’s leave it there.

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            Manu

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 9:59 pm

            And mr baguette really?? Low life… Don’t know what to add to that. On the other hand it f you are not the coward your comments show, I will be more than happy to tell you face to face what is all about . Anytime… but extreme right people like don’t reallly travel alone, right?

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            Maestro

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 10:51 pm

            Funny. I love to press your Frenchy buttons and get the anticipated response.

            Sure, I’m keen to meet you face to face and have a good time. Where in Samui can I find you? And don’t worry, I’m a lone wolf.

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            Manu

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:11 pm

            Maestro, I am not In samui and then you think you are cleaver just by talking about “baguette “ like … what ? So stupid, pointless, old man get yourself hidden in your cave with your mask on in case a bat infects you and do not even try to handle any human beings that you are not anymore. I feel so sorry for you… a slap in your face that is what you are going to get if we meet for some reason (not reasonable for you). I am telling you!

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            Maestro

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:54 pm

            Manu, I really don’t understand your rant but I’m having so much fun so thank you.

            Questions and a suggestion:
            1) Can I call you Mr Omelette instead of Mr Baguette? Manu is just too common.
            2) You are the one who invited me to meet face to face so where can we meet? I thought you were based in Samui so my bad.
            3) A slap in the face? that’s it??? That is so boring French. I thought we were going to have a wonderful time together.
            Suggestion: Take English language courses online asap. There are many free options.

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            denis

            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 8:51 am

            Hitler is certainly not a friend of mine; My family having been entitled to a long free stay in the German concentration camps. Let’s move on …

            But, you, like many other French without culture and rather limited do now, when someone does not have the same opinion as yours, you call him a fascist or a conspirator: This is your only last argument when reality catches up with you …

            The reality is that 4 idiots of French musicians wanted to play smart (a very French specialty) and got screwed. And they have to pick up the tab. Dura lex sed lex

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      TV

      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 1:07 pm

      He probably has to show up again to receive the message that he has to leave the Kingdom. Working without a work permit is a crime, so he’s lucky if he can leave without further consequences.

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      Sakuri

      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:10 pm

      Serves him well, he knew the rules and chose to break them. Deport the idiot.

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    denis

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    No compassion for your friend. I hope he will take a max and be banned from Thailand for several years. Fed up with these egotists who never think about the consequences of their actions.

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      June

      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      Hippi festival !! Now a days its a antique concept

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        J West

        Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm

        Obviously Thai officials, and many others in the community are sick of wayward degenerates treating Thailand as a dumping ground. If you’re not following the law and living here legally, get out.

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          Toby Andrews

          Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 4:51 pm

          I do not think so.
          This is simply a matter of Thai cops jumping at a chance to collect fines and bribes.
          Are there even any Covid cases on Samui? I cannot find any listed.
          I would bet that the Thais caught will pay a lot less than the ferangs caught, however I cannot.
          Gambling is illegal in Thailand.

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            Denis

            Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 6:07 pm

            When you are a “guest” in a country, the minimum is to respect the laws, regulations and culture of the country that is hosting you. Even if it pisses you off, you have to do it.
            You can tell us all the corruption stories you have read here or there or heard in your last galore bar, the reality is that in Thailand there are rules.
            These guys wanted to play smart and got screwed. Now they have to pay the bill.

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            Toby Andrews

            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:17 pm

            Denis I am not a guest in Thailand, I am in Cambodia.
            I did not hear Thai corruption stories in a galore bar. I experienced corruption.
            I lived in Pattaya mostly and other places in Thailand for the last six years, and yes I am prejudiced.
            Tell me this and be honest. Would a Thai party have been raided?
            I do not think so, but the prospects of fines and bribes from ferangs was why the party was raided.

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            Denis

            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 4:06 pm

            @Toby
            I’ve been living in Thailand for many years. Surpringsingly, i’ve never been submitted in any corruption. Maybe, this is because i am living a normal quiet and peacefull life : no bars, no drug, no bar girls, no full moon party. And most of all, i respect the laws because i remember every day taht i am just tolerated in Thailand, as a guest…

            I would lie if i said that police never arrested my car, expecting to get some pocket money, but i just show first my consular inscription card and they stop quickly 😉

            Yes, corruption and jalousy exists in Thailand, but not more than in Europe or anywhere else.

            If you don’t want problems in Thailand, the method is same as everywhere on the planet :
            1) Avoid risky situations
            2) Follow immigration rules
            3) Don’t enfraign the laws
            4) Respect people.

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          Joe

          Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:45 am

          Breaking the law is only allowed to be done by Thais.

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        denis

        Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:46 am

        @june
        The hippie movement made sense in its time and corresponded to a real confrontation of ideas in a cramped society. Today, it is taken over by advertising and by young people who no longer know where they are. As they have the will to fight of a mussel, they prefer to play rebels or adventurers.
        They put a bag on their backs and go partying in hot countries. But, before leaving, they do not forget to take with them their Iphone, their computer and especially their bank card supplied by mum and dad. And when a problem arises, we call the consulate, a lawyer, mom and dad and we come to cry on social networks or open a kitty.
        Free but thanks to others;)

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    John_2

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Years ago Thailand should have created “Special Economic Tourist Zones” which have separate laws and a more relaxed environment. Plenty of other countries have such areas and it works well for them.

    Tourists wouldn’t expect to go to Bora Bora or Curacao and be arrested for playing music or drinking in the daytime.

    No wonder tourism here is like death by a thousand cuts.

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    lou

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Lot of hating people here, the report is curved, 1/ what is law to prevent restaurant bar to sell alcools during their operating hours ? 2/ musicians are friend of owner and no contract, no pay… Just for once I guess have some live training, may be not even professionals. 3/ now Island has no virus for 10 months and had only 7 light cases before in hospital quarantine, Suratthani follows now laws and any one coming from red zone well checked. Who really like this paradie country to become hell with only brainfree hating people enjoying their life failure ?

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    Grumpy John

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Well the law is the law…no matter how silly or one sided it may appear. Thai or tourist you just have to put up with the inconvenience.

    But because I said what I said, don’t think for one minute I am siding with Prayuts mob. In all honestly I think headless chook could have handled the Wuhan China virus better!

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      Issan John

      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 5:17 pm

      That’s the problem, Grumpy John – you condemn someone for being thoughtless and stupid, breaking a law which is for everyone’s benefit and the vast majority of Thais and farangs alike respect and adhere to, and as a result you’re condemned in turn for being a fascist and supporting “Prayuts mob”. Unfortunately that’s how things work here.

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        Yew Dihldo

        Monday, February 22, 2021 at 8:03 am

        Rope, tree, have a go.

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      Baroness

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 4:07 am

      Thailand has shut down its economy; you’ll never know how many people have died of collateral damages (hunger, suicide, other illnesses and crimes related deaths, etc…Bankruptcies, business closures, drugs, alcoholism, etc… I don’t call that a success.
      What I call a success is Taiwan, under 1000 cases and 9 deaths while economy is still going full speed with a GDP per capita of $26,000. While Thailand survived is because there is no social net, no unemployment insurance, nothing. Just make sure to pay the army.
      In our village we have paid the teachers for a full year otherwise they would have closed the school. We have brought food once a month for the pupils who were showing signs of malnutrition. First time I saw old Thais begging for food. There is no market for their crop.
      But as many of you say, Prayut did a good job!!! You have your pension paid, you have food on the table, nobody on the beach, nobody on the roads, no problem to park, cheap prices, easy to bargain, etc… I don’t know who are the egoistic people on this post?

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        Issan John

        Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:38 pm

        “While Thailand survived is because there is no social net, no unemployment insurance, nothing”

        Sorry. Baroness, but while there’s plenty to criticise there actually is “unemployment insurance”, etc.

        As for “in our village we have paid the teachers for a full year otherwise they would have closed the school” 😮

        The teachers in government schools are paid by the state, not the “village”!

        … and “there is no market for their crop”?

        What crop?

        The results of the epidemic have affected a lot of people, but the LEAST affected have been teachers and farmers!

        What country are you in?

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    James R

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    I am not sure how this all works.

    Someone I know in Chiang Mai tells me he goes to the Red Lion Pub every week, he and the people he goes with eat and drink there and do not wear masks, they sit inside and I have never heard of any police involvement there so how does this all work?

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:42 pm

      Different provinces, different rules depending the level (red, orange, etc) and provincial decisions.

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    Stardust

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Oh 2 stupid idiots found each other denis and issan Adolf. Go ahead we watch the how they destroy Thailand Like Einstein said stupidy have no border!

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      Dreqo

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:12 am

      Stardust, if it wasn’t obvious, that’s the same troll replying to himself with a different name.

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    Hans

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    This is a f… joke, on samui even in chaweng only are several night clubs with events, concerts and so on with several hundred mainly Thai and a few Farang visitors. They’re open daily, all Mafia. Farangs often get cheated and beaten up, no-one can call Police because they then ask for money even if you’re the victom.
    These places where Police interferes are places where the police didn’t get paid enough or because the mafia is ordering this. This is a fact. Everyone on samui knows that. Police drives around from bar to bar, telling people the owners that the can open as long as they want if they pay extra. This is no rumers but absolut fact…this corruption makes me angry. If anyone wants to see, check out “the black”, “the stadium” and these other night clubs in the area…

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    Hans

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    This is a f… joke, on samui even in chaweng only are several night clubs with events, concerts and so on with several hundred mainly Thai and a few Farang visitors. They’re open daily until the morning hours, all Mafia. Farangs often get cheated and beaten up, no-one can call Police because they then ask for money even if you’re the victom.
    These places where Police interferes are places where the police didn’t get paid enough or because the mafia is ordering this. This is a fact. Everyone on samui knows that. Police drives around from bar to bar, telling people the owners that the can open as long as they want if they pay extra. This is no rumers but absolut fact…this corruption makes me angry. If anyone wants to see, check out “the black”, “the stadium” and these other night clubs in the area…

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    Ko chang Joe

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Funny the old odd law abiding maggots here. You only have a life in thailand because you are too poor and too uneducated to be allowed staying anywhere else in the world, apart from your british or american trailer parks. Its the lowlife permanent foreign residents that make thai people despise certain foreigners, people who need to read the thaiger because despite calling themselves krabi denis, issan john or chiang mai jack and living in the country for decades they cant read the local newspaper or the ingredients in a can of beans. Exactly the people thai citizens despise. Screwing the women and following the rules, because if you get send back home, you are the useless schmock you were already 20 years ago. Cant even play an instrument any of you and no, the keyboard and your little schwong are not instruments, merely the prolongations of you lifeling frustration. Go learn thai, take up a respectable job and earn the respect of educated middle class citizens. But you cant. Thts the misery. If only you were a musician or an artistist. But you are not, fearful uneducated clowns spending their meager savings ina country tht looks down on them. Tragic.

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    Olga

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 4:17 am

    What is the joy of living under a dictatorship?

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    Joe

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:54 am

    I remember back in the days when work permits were not a really necessary thing to have and Thailand was a much friendlier and fun place to be, now we have to listen to upstanding citizens like Issan Hitler and Denis the effing menace.

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    sam

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Typical of some foreign tourists thinking that they can do anything they want without facing punishment,giving a bad image for others visiting the country.

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      Joe

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      Because that’s what the Thais do, when in Roman do as the Romans do, and by the way do you think its OK to sit in an aeroplane full of people or a shopping center etc?

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    Tim Houston

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    nice life you guys are having in Issan, if you’re so smart why are you there in rural Thailand waiting for days to go by…

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    I am not in Thailand but in Phnom Penh.
    Bars are open. Restaurants are open.
    Foreigners play music in bars. Massage parlours are open.
    Cambodians gamble in the street on mats on the pavement.
    There are even casinos here.
    Yet not one death from covid! Maybe they are hiding the deaths, but nobody knows of a death.
    Are there really deaths of Covid 19 in Thailand, or are they claiming deaths from other illnesses are deaths from Covid?

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    Tim Houston

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    After one year of this drama you can analyse data available and do your own search. Let’s take 2 countries that have been “hardly hit” by the chinese flu, Belgium and France.
    Both of these official gvt pages are visible in English.
    Insee for France
    Statbel for Belgium
    I let you look on google and see by yourself.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Cambodian dog slaughterhouse shut down, owner says he is “ashamed”

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After increasing calls to end the dog meat trade, a Cambodian slaughterhouse is shutting down, with its owner saying he is “ashamed.” Ouk Mol, the owner, says the dog slaughterhouse has killed more than a million dogs since opening in 1995.

According to Four Paws animal rights group, Cambodia slaughters between 2 to 3 million dogs per year, while offering the cheap meal of protein at more than 100 dog meat restaurants in Phnom Penh, its capital.

Mol’s slaughterhouse is responsible for all the supply to Phnom Penh, but he says he will no longer be killing dogs, citing increasing pressure from animal rights groups and civilians alike. The 50 year old former soldier says he feels ashamed.

“But I want to quit the business because I am getting old and a lot of people have criticised me about the dog meat trade.”

The operator was offered financial support from Four Paws to open a grocery store if they shut down their slaughterhouse with Ouk Mol’s wife, Sao Phally, saying she is glad they have found a way out of the business.

“We were always worried about sin because of our killing. People looked at us in a bad way.”

The slaughterhouse, which uses vats to drown the dogs, and blowtorches to remove their fur, slaughtered up to 200 dogs per day. Now, as of yesterday, the company has shut down, with the remainder of dogs being sent to animal charities for rehabilitation and placed for international adoption.

Phnom Penh is the 2nd city in Cambodia to follow increasing calls to close the dog meat trade, as Siem Reap banned the trade last year in a victory for animal rights groups. Until 2020, Siem Reap, Cambodia’s largest tourist city, was known by rights groups as the “lynchpin” of the trade.

Despite Cambodia’s efforts to begin closing down its dog meat trade, it is not the only Asian country that features dog meat as a cuisine. Consuming dog meat in Vietnam is more popular than in Cambodia, which shows the industry has a long way to go with regards to respecting animal rights.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Pattaya police raid nightclub suspected of presenting pornographic shows

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Pattaya City Police inspected a nightclub after reports that the venue was hosting pornographic shows on the weekends. Although the nightclub, Dragon Man Club, wasn’t presenting a sexually explicit show when officers came by, the owner was arrested for operating an entertainment business and selling alcohol without the proper permit.

Police say a tip was made through social media from an anonymous source. Officers asked the nightclub owner for the venue’s license, but the owner did not have the document at the time. Police arrested the owner. The nightclub owner was not named in reports.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Bangkok Military Court issues arrest warrant for medic accused of injecting troops with fake Covid-19 vaccine

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The Bangkok Military Court has issued an arrest warrant for a Royal Thai Army medic who is accused of injecting troops with a fake Covid-19 vaccine. He reportedly made more than 100,000 baht by charging troops, who were on a United Nations mission, 500 baht each for a tetanus vaccine and a fake Covid-19 vaccine, which an internal army investigation determined was just saline solution.

The Thai Army held a press conference after the medic’s fake vaccine scam made headlines, saying the incident had tarnished the army’s image. The field medic, who was also a lieutenant, injected more than 250 Thai troops stationed in South Sudan on a UN peacekeeping mission with the fake vaccine, claiming it was the head doctor’s order, Army Army spokesperson Santipong Thammapiya confirmed. He says the medic was in the Thai-South Sudan Horizontal Military Engineering Company.

“This incident affects the image of the Thai Armed Forces and Thailand in the United Nations mission. It is a serious disciplinary offence and also violates ethical standards as the wrongdoer is a doctor.”

The medic injected troops with a legitimate vaccine for tetanus as well as a saline solution shot he claimed was a Covid-19 vaccine. He charged 500 baht for the vaccine package, adding up to more than 100,000 baht, according to a UN investigation.

The medic had been sent back to Thailand. The Bangkok Military Court has now issued a warrant for his arrest. Previous reports said the medic’s license was revoked, but a recent report by Nation Thailand says the Medical Council is considering whether to revoke his doctor’s license.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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