Connect with us

Protests

Thai police accuse anonymous social media users of inciting looting during protests

Maya Taylor

Published 

 on 

PHOTO: www.dayupdate.com

A spokesman for the Thai police says the Digital Economy and Society Ministry has asked for action to be taken against 58 social media accounts accused of “encouraging looting” at anti-government protests. Siriwat Deepor says the anonymous Twitter accounts are pointing to political demonstrations in other countries where looting occurs and property is destroyed.

“Chats in Twitter are claiming this kind of action (looting) occurs during rallies abroad. They are persuading participants to destroy government and private property at rally sites to raise the level of protest. We are concerned over this behaviour and would like to warn people who attend rallies not to become a tool of the bad guys who are trying to provoke these actions. Besides violating the state of emergency, such offences constitute theft, robbery, or causing loss of property under the Criminal Code.”

He adds that some responsible social media users warn against such actions and continue to advocate for peaceful protest as a way to achieve their objectives.

“We would like to thank you for your mindfulness in warning each other as a precautionary measure against third-party or malicious intervention.”

Siriwat adds that anyone caught using social media to incite violence at political rallies will be prosecuted for violation of the Computer Crimes Act and the state of emergency. His warning comes after police denied there were plans to block access to online platforms or media outlets.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Avatar

    patty

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    hypocrites

  2. Avatar

    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    If they were anonymous, they could have been agent provocateurs, such as the police.

  3. Avatar

    Noneya Bidnizz

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:09 am

    So , The GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS who posted the incitements to loot will be prosecuted ?

    Right after boss is I think . —–

  4. Avatar

    kenny

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 3:11 am

    Sometimes internet trolls just would like to see the world burn and people hurt wile sitting safely at home laughing

  5. Avatar

    brian

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 9:05 am

    The biggest looters are those in power, desperate smear tactics by them

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Phuket1 min ago

It’s happening: Phuket sandbox approved by Cabinet

Thailand14 hours ago

Thailand News Today | AoT warns about tourist exuberance, easing of restrictions | June 22

Coronavirus (Covid-19)15 hours ago

CCSA: Bars to stay closed for now, drunk customers risk the spread of Covid-19

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Bangkok16 hours ago

Woman dies after jumping from Phra Khanong BTS station in Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)16 hours ago

263 covid cases linked to canned seafood factory in Songkhla

Drugs16 hours ago

Narcotics Control Board announce recent drug busts, heroin and cocaine sent by mail

Environment17 hours ago

3 Cambodian activists arrested for plotting against the government/insulting the king after documenting waste run-off

Chiang Mai17 hours ago

Chiang Mai eases restrictions, alcohol now allowed at restaurants

Thailand17 hours ago

Angry ex allegedly sets motorcycle on fire in school parking garage

Cambodia18 hours ago

6 arrested in Cambodia for allegedly trafficking people into Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)19 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 4,059 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand19 hours ago

Power outages coming to Kathu

Coronavirus (Covid-19)19 hours ago

Samut Sakhon governor calls for more vaccine doses after order was cut

Thailand20 hours ago

Fruit buyer arrested for allegedly using counterfeit certificates to export durian

Tourism21 hours ago

Airports of Thailand president says tourism won’t pick back up until October

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending