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Palestinians arrested in Bangkok - Immigration say some acting as "Nana Mafia"

 

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The Immigration Bureau website has announced the arrest of 27 Palestinians.

 

Some 22 were rounded up in Lat Prao Soi 144 after raids by immigration and crime suppression police. These comprised 6 men, nine women the rest being small children. 

 

Five more adults described as "mafia figures" were arrested in Soi Nana. 

 

The Palestinians are claiming refugee status but are now in detention in Suan Phlu. 

 

Source: Immigration Bureau

 
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The Palestinians are claiming refugee status but are now in detention in Suan Phlu.  

And that shamefully will include the children, locked up in a small cage 24 hours a day. Hell of a welcome to a country. The story doesn't mention any charges or crimes, which concerns me. Has the anti foreigner sentiment gone so far, that people fleeing persecution are now to be arbitrarily jailed, simply for trying to escape danger? Do International treaties on refugee right not exist here? If there is more to the story, it should be announced.

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Five more adults described as "mafia figures" were arrested in Soi Nana. 

 

The Palestinians are claiming refugee status but are now in detention in Suan Phlu. 

If gold, frankincense and myrrh doesn't work this time, they gonna be back in Bethlehem before Christmas.

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And that shamefully will include the children, locked up in a small cage 24 hours a day. Hell of a welcome to a country. The story doesn't mention any charges or crimes, which concerns me. Has the anti foreigner sentiment gone so far, that people fleeing persecution are now to be arbitrarily jailed, simply for trying to escape danger? Do International treaties on refugee right not exist here? If there is more to the story, it should be announced.

 

It also doest state a different and more likely scenario:

 

That they came with their families & children knowingly planning to circumvent local laws, overstayed & committed crimes, got busted, and are now claiming asylum as a way to get out of it. 

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And that shamefully will include the children, locked up in a small cage 24 hours a day. Hell of a welcome to a country. The story doesn't mention any charges or crimes, which concerns me. Has the anti foreigner sentiment gone so far, that people fleeing persecution are now to be arbitrarily jailed, simply for trying to escape danger? Do International treaties on refugee right not exist here? If there is more to the story, it should be announced.

 

Interesting google translate from the FB Page linked in the OP:

 

Captured Palestinian 27 escaped into the city. The five leading protest leaders in front of the embassy called on the unhcr . Crime Suppression Center for Information Technology With the Immigration Police They were scattered throughout the room in the 144 Ladprao area, where they found the clues of the Palestinians. The escape into the city to live in Thailand and set up a gang of mafia in Soi Nana.

 

A search of five rooms in the area found 22 Palestinians living together in a crowded, six male, nine female, and the rest were young. The UNHRC's refugee groups have been detained in front of the embassy. . Previously, immigration police investigated. Five Palestinian leaders were arrested. At Soi Nana after found the behavior of a gang of mafia. In that area.

 

From now on all Palestinians will be detained. Send to the detention room. Immigration Office Suan Phlu to expand

 

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And that shamefully will include the children, locked up in a small cage 24 hours a day. Hell of a welcome to a country. The story doesn't mention any charges or crimes, which concerns me. Has the anti foreigner sentiment gone so far, that people fleeing persecution are now to be arbitrarily jailed, simply for trying to escape danger? Do International treaties on refugee right not exist here? If there is more to the story, it should be announced.

 Where is the UN and UNHCR in all of that? so living in BKK and rounded as mafia is better for them?... coming to countries like Thailand is not a solution....

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It also doest state a different and more likely scenario:

 

That they came with their families & children knowingly planning to circumvent local laws, overstayed & committed crimes, got busted, and are now claiming asylum as a way to get out of it. 

That seems like pure speculation and I see nothing in the story to substantiate any of it.

From what little the story does say, the biggest issue seems to have been publicly protesting in front of an embassy. Not something people breaking laws are wont to do. While some of them may have been making themselves busy in Nana, it seems most have been arrested purely for being refugees, standing up for their international rights, and who would have almost certainly entered legally. If you are illegal, publicly protesting would not be wise. 

And from now on, ALL Palestinians will apparently be detained. No one else see anything wrong with that? Innocent and guilty treated alike?

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A couple of off topic and racist comments have been removed.

The thread is about Palestinians being arrested here.

It has nothing to do with other events around the world, both current day, or historical.

Suggestions that EVERY Palestinian is a terrorist will not be tolerated.

 

 

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4 hours ago, darksidedog said:

And that shamefully will include the children, locked up in a small cage 24 hours a day. Hell of a welcome to a country. The story doesn't mention any charges or crimes, which concerns me. Has the anti foreigner sentiment gone so far, that people fleeing persecution are now to be arbitrarily jailed, simply for trying to escape danger? Do International treaties on refugee right not exist here? If there is more to the story, it should be announced.

Not sure but Thailand my not have signed up to Geneva convention or similar.

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I think a week or two in the detention centre will make them think twice about claiming to be refugees.if your going to be a bad boy making money by being mafia in Thailand at least pay under the table and have a visa.

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6 hours ago, darksidedog said:

And that shamefully will include the children, locked up in a small cage 24 hours a day. Hell of a welcome to a country. The story doesn't mention any charges or crimes, which concerns me. Has the anti foreigner sentiment gone so far, that people fleeing persecution are now to be arbitrarily jailed, simply for trying to escape danger? Do International treaties on refugee right not exist here? If there is more to the story, it should be announced.

Very well said. 

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5 hours ago, ezzra said:

 Where is the UN and UNHCR in all of that? so living in BKK and rounded as mafia is better for them?... coming to countries like Thailand is not a solution....

But it may be their final solution.....

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No matter what the adults may or may not have done - and the most likely scenario is that they fled an untenable life in the Middle East, arrived in Thailand, had to make money somehow and are now described by Thai police as 'mafia' - it's sad to see innocent foreign children at the mercy of an authoritarian government whose track record with displaced persons in recent times is less than exemplary, to put it mildly. 

For these people, it is no laughing matter, but from a few of the comments here it is clear that some Westerners, living their comfortable lives in Thailand while cracking weak jokes at others' misfortunes, do not have the wit nor the imagination to feel any compassion for these unfortunates. 

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And that shamefully will include the children, locked up in a small cage 24 hours a day. Hell of a welcome to a country. The story doesn't mention any charges or crimes, which concerns me. Has the anti foreigner sentiment gone so far, that people fleeing persecution are now to be arbitrarily jailed, simply for trying to escape danger? Do International treaties on refugee right not exist here? If there is more to the story, it should be announced.
Asylum seekers and refugees in oz also get locked up behind razor wire on a remote . Why should thailand be any different. If they are smart they will continue the crackdowns and stay in control of their country.. Something many 1st world have failed at and look at the results!
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16 hours ago, darksidedog said:

And that shamefully will include the children, locked up in a small cage 24 hours a day. Hell of a welcome to a country. The story doesn't mention any charges or crimes, which concerns me. Has the anti foreigner sentiment gone so far, that people fleeing persecution are now to be arbitrarily jailed, simply for trying to escape danger? Do International treaties on refugee right not exist here? If there is more to the story, it should be announced.

they could just try to behave better 

Just because you don't like your own country it does not mean we have to give you everything 

I am against helping people in my own country better to help them in the first safe country near where they come from 

To meny only come for money in Europe and always complaining and make crimes and that is a fact 

If a African boy meet a tiger he run ofcores but stops when he can see tiger gone and safe 

Migrants run all the way to money and not just stop where they safe 

It is money migration 

 

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Are they just now claiming refugee status after being arrested?  Wouldn't one normally claim refugee status when entering a country?  Sounds dodgy to me.  When and how did they get into Thailand?  How long they been in Thailand?  

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Sounds from the report that they were staying in the country illegally and once caught they have then claimed refugee status.

The Police had reason to believe some were involved in illegal activities in the nana area and investigations led them to the lad prao area were their counterparts were staying illegally.

So yes, the Thai Police would rightly lock them up.

What's the problem. If you are concerned about the children then don't be. Their parents put them there and the children are their responsibility, not yours.

Thailand has made it quite clear it will not tolerate penniless foreigners staying and working illegally in the country wherever they come from. Their choice

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On 12/4/2018 at 8:22 AM, darksidedog said:

And that shamefully will include the children, locked up in a small cage 24 hours a day. Hell of a welcome to a country. The story doesn't mention any charges or crimes, which concerns me. Has the anti foreigner sentiment gone so far, that people fleeing persecution are now to be arbitrarily jailed, simply for trying to escape danger? Do International treaties on refugee right not exist here? If there is more to the story, it should be announced.

You are aware that in the original article the men were referred to as mafia figures, detained in sow Nana.     

 

So it would seem somewhat unlikely they are simply refugees fleeing oppression if they are largeing it up in Nana.

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8 minutes ago, carmine said:

You are aware that in the original article the men were referred to as mafia figures, detained in sow Nana.     

 

So it would seem somewhat unlikely they are simply refugees fleeing oppression if they are largeing it up in Nana.

Why are you confused?  Of course i don't like or agree with kids being locked up, but, its very clear in its description of the adults.  Do you think immigration refers to any old Tom Dick and Harry as mafia?  And lets make it clear, mafia is often used here as a collective term for undesirables.  I'm sure there's more to this than meets the eye.  

 

Perhaps if they were working ninth better interests or their wives and kids they might have spent less time trawling around red light areas and more time conserving their finances and meeting immigration officials to lobby their case?

 

 

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On 12/4/2018 at 8:44 AM, UncleTouchyFingers said:

 

It also doest state a different and more likely scenario:

 

That they came with their families & children knowingly planning to circumvent local laws, overstayed & committed crimes, got busted, and are now claiming asylum as a way to get out of it. 

Correct, you claim asylum when you first flee your country to enter another, not enter a country, overstay your visa and commit crimes then plead asylum to try to stay !!

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Just now, hotchilli said:

Correct, you claim asylum when you first flee your country to enter another, not enter a country, overstay your visa and commit crimes then plead asylum to try to stay !!

And they get support from the bleeding heart liberals who generally don't have a clue.

 

The ones i do feel for are the children, and in their respect its just so wrong on all fronts.

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“That they came with their families & children knowingly planning to circumvent local laws, overstayed & committed crimes, got busted, and are now claiming asylum as a way to get out of it.”

 

It may surprise some readers to learn that Thailand is the ONLY country which allows Palestinians free entry. Of course, officials know these folks are genuine refugees & stateless persons.

 

Most who come here are ultimately resettled in Western countries by the UN Refugee Agency. But usually not before their Thai permit to stay expires which leaves them in legal limbo, subject to arbitrary detention & deportation.

 

Mafia? Crimes? Sez hoo, exactly?!? May be a Big Joke!

 

For narrow-minded posters like quoted above, I think you need to start wearing the shoes of others less fortunate than you.

 

What exactly is the point of being a human being if not to show compassion towards others? 

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