Chinese nationals caught crossing the border


Border patrol officers arrested 6 Chinese nationals who allegedly crossed the Thai-Myanmar border this morning. The arrests follow a series of busts driven by Thailand’s heightened border patrol, a measure aimed at preventing the return of the coronavirus after Myanmar reported a spike in cases.

The migrants had waded through the Moei River, which separates Thailand and Myanmar, and were picked up by a Thai van driver. Police searched the van at a checkpoint in Tak. They say the migrants came from the nearby town Myawaddy in Myanmar.

The men and a woman, ages 24 to 33, were charged with illegal entry and violating disease control regulations. The driver, a Thai national, and his assistant were charged with assisting illegal immigration.

Thailand has upped border patrol after Myanmar reported an uptick in coronavirus cases. While the outbreak is mostly in the Rakhine state on the country’s western coast, the surge in the cases has posed concern for Thailand provinces that border Myanmar.

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There have been many reports of immigrants crossing the Thai-Myanmar border illegally. A bust earlier this week led to a police chase, causing the fleeing truck of Burmese workers to flip over, critically injuring 2 people.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Caitlin Ashworth

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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