No foam parties for Songkran

by Suriya Patathayo, Jessada Chantharak

Songkran foam parties are being banned this year in the interest of public safety. The announcement today from the national police deputy commissioner Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakan.Chalermkiat says there had been several deaths and injuries by electrocution at foam parties during previous Songkran festivals.

Police have also been instructed to provide security at Songkran celebration venues and not to collect bribes from foreign migrant workers travelling back to home countries during Songkran.

2,000 police officers and related officials will patrol 49 Songkran celebration venues across Bangkok where 128,900 revellers are expected to join in the annual celebration.

Some 60,000 revellers were expected to celebrate in Silom Road area, and 14,000 at the Royal City Avenue, 10,000 at the “S2O” event on Rama 9 Road, 5,000 at “The Street Ratchada” mall, 5,000 at Central World and 5,000 at Siam Square.

Sukhun also urged revellers not to wear “revealing clothes” to help prevent sexual harassment and said people should pour water and put powder on others appropriately in keeping with good Songkran tradition.

SOURCE: The Nation

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