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Alcohol sellers empty kegs of beer outside Health Ministry to protest Covid rules

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Prachathai

Bar owners and breweries in Bangkok have come together to register their frustration at ongoing Covid-19 restrictions by emptying kegs of beer outside the Ministry of Health. Yesterday’s protest action comes a week after the coalition of alcohol sellers called on health officials to ease the rules that are having a severe impact on their livelihoods. In a protest they call, “Justice Poured Out”, representatives of bars and breweries emptied around 12 kegs of spoiled alcohol down the drain in front of Department of Disease Control offices.

Archirawas Wannasrisawas from the Craft Beer Association says the protest was to highlight the amount of beer going to waste as a result of the ongoing sales ban. He says over 300 venues and 5,000 individuals in the Bangkok metropolitan area have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions and are currently losing around 150 million baht a month.

The group is proposing that officials allow bars to re-open and restaurants to serve alcohol, provided safety measures are in place, such as social distancing, no dancing, and no sharing of glasses. Alcohol representatives are also demanding additional reforms, such as the removal of the advertising ban and lifting the restrictions on hours of sale.

SOURCE: Coconuts


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    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 11:54 am


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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    A sustained revolution is the only way the Thai people will rid the country of these dictators who rule by the false pretenses of protecting the people from Covid.
    A virus that is less likely to kill than riding a motorbike.
    Let the people take the risk.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12:17 pm

      Why not start one in Cambodia, Toby?

      After all, the dictator you have there has held power for over three decades without even bothering with false pretences … but you seem more than happy with him as he hasn’t kicked out, as Thailand did.

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        Toby Andrews

        Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 3:24 pm

        Well because this dictator rules with a light hand.
        No bans, no curfew, no repression,
        Everything is open.
        Beer 50 cents a glass. Teachers whisky $6 a liter. B90 a glass of wine in a bar.
        Gamblers just put a mat on the pavement and play cards for money!
        There are also casinos here.
        I have met a few foreigners here that have no passport, and they are never checked!
        However there is a quarantine now. it only started two months ago.
        To keep the Thais out I think, and anyone from Isan.

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    Fred glue

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    We just don’t need a Covid-19 vaccine, I would like too see the they invent a idiot vaccine as well… ??

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      Toby Andrews

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      Some persons are too afflicted to be cured by this vaccine.

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    Wondering Farang

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    so, the millions of Chinese and Indian tourist don’t drink beer?! What happened?!

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    Flushing Johnny Issan

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    After reading Toby’s view of Cambodia, I am tempted to redirect my return travel to Cambodia, instead of Thailand! I wonder if the wife would miss me and my dirty farang dollars?
    Judging by the stories of fleeing immigrants to their home countries, the HMS THAILAND has ran aground and is sinking fast! GOD SAVE THE RUM…THE BEERS GONE BAD!!! (Uncle swam in the vat!)

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    James Pate

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 5:41 am

    I wish they would bring back online alcohol sales. That was so convenient and safe. I miss my deliveries from Big C.

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    How sick is it to adveritise dictatorship and coups like Issan John does. If sombody has a bit brain and is a human will never want to end up like North Korea, Nazi Germany or any othe sick dictatorships. And if sombody has a bit education also knows how they end up all this dictators and how many had to die because of these sick criminals

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