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Pattaya rounding up the homeless ahead of this weekend’s Pattaya Colorful event

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Pattaya is rounding up homeless people ahead of its Pattaya Colorful event this weekend after locals complained. Officers from the Chonburi Social Development and Human Security Division, along with the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division inspected and interviewed homeless people and beggars on Pattaya Walking Street, Pattaya Second Road, Pattaya Beach and Soi Buakhow last night.

Officials say most of the beggars are foreign migrants with many overstaying their visas or not having legal permission to stay in Thailand. The roundup comes after multiple complaints from business operators, local tourists and residents on Pattaya Walking Street and Beach Road. They launched formal complaints to Pattaya City authorities saying they have seen a dramatic increase in beggars, with many having small children.

15 homeless people were detained and transferred to Pattaya City Hall, while those with alleged mental health problems were taken to the Banglamung Hospital for treatment. Officials reiterated that they were treating the homeless with respect by offering many of them a place to stay at the local homeless shelter and giving them medical and mental health aide.

The ‘PATTAYA COLORFUL Festival 2021’ is a 2 day event that starts today and lasts through tomorrow on Pattaya Beach. The Pattaya Cultural Council and Pattaya City are sponsoring the event that is being held in front of Central Festival.

Mana Yaprakam, the president of the Pattaya Cultural Council told The Pattaya News, “The event is aimed to encourage people to conserve the beautiful Thai culture and environment.”

“This will also support a good tourism image and generate more income to local businesses and local communities after the Covid-19 pandemic relief in the ‘New Normal’ tourism style.”

“People are invited to join in the event which is totally free admission, however will need to wear masks and take Covid-19 precautions.”

The event is featuring local art, cuisines, music and other types of entertainment for those who wish to partake.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Issan John

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    ” “The event is aimed to encourage people to conserve the beautiful Thai culture and environment.””

    In Pattaya?

  2. Mr cynic

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    “The event is aimed to encourage people to conserve the beautiful Thai culture and environment.”
    And you hold it in downtown Pattaya!could not make it up!

  3. Slugger

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Someone called Issan John isnt the best source of knowledge about Pattaya. Yeah, you went there for a long weekend in 1974 or something…..same goes for Mr Cynic.

  4. Issan John

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Slugger, you have no idea what my experience of Pattaya is! ?

  5. TV

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Yeah, I have a pretty good idea. In 1974, you went there, had a couple of beers, got a Thai woman pregnant, and still living in between the rubber trees in northeastern Thailand as a result of that.

  6. Issan John

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 9:38 am

    I suppose it could be worse and they could be rounding up the homeless in Phuket and vaccinating them … or … maybe not ?

  7. J West

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 10:18 am

    There are certainly “ poor migrants” begging, some with children. And, there has been a noticeable increase in numbers. However, certain unsavory elements are known to rent out their children to organized crime who then place children along the sidewalk to beg “ professionally”. This is common knowledge among Thai who often reference this in their “ Tee Wee” , soap operas and social media. It’s not nearly as bad as in India where children will have limbs amputated to make them look more pathetic….but it’s the same sordid business.

  8. 7.62mm of darwin

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    I always gave money where there were children even when I was told they were rented and stoned on Tylenol. I am a Buddhist an ex soldier who did go to Thailand in 1974. We would bike up from Penang and cross the border and go on to Sadahao and Had Yai quite regularly. I can no longer get there, I cannot even leave oz and Thailand is finished as you cannot just flick a switch and bingo its back. My next birthday makes me 80 so its goodbye.

  9. Issan John

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    “Yeah, I have a pretty good idea. In 1974, you went there, had a couple of beers, got a Thai woman pregnant, and still living in between the rubber trees in northeastern Thailand as a result of that.”

    Hardly TV – in 1974 I was a young schoolboy, but I actually know Pattaya pretty well!

  10. Issan John

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    “There are certainly “ poor migrants” begging, some with children”

    It’s been that way for decades, J W, as I’m sure you know, with the children sent out with trays of over-priced chewing gum, etc, told to tell farangs that they’ll get beaten if they go home without selling them – which they very probably will be.

    As soon as Phuket opens up, they’ll all leave Pattaya and head for riper pastures just adding to the potential problems.

  11. dispensed

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Homelessness, the killer disease hiding among us that the medical experts never talk about… probably because they live in suburban palaces and get paid big bucks no matter what happens, but remember to STAAAY HOME!!! Rich doctor knows what’s best for you! And if you don’t obey, we’ll throw you in prison and take away all your stuff, cause this is about protecting your HEALTH! lol!!

  12. toby andrews

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    There will always be beggars. It is the worlds older profession.
    Guess what is the first?
    I confess I am an easy touch for beggars, especially barefoot kids. I have a drawer full of chewing gum, however here in Phnom Penh usually they are genuine.
    It is a strange thing. A social worker told me some homeless prefer to be homeless.
    A homeless cardboard city at the Bullring underpasses near Waterloo, London, was taken over to build a BFI IMAX cinema.
    The homeless were offered free housing.
    Many refused to leave and did not want accommodation. They had to be evicted.
    Some women seem to like to be homeless. They liked to be pitied as victims.

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