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Dress inappropriately or dance provocatively and face Songkran arrest, warns PM

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Dress inappropriately or dance provocatively and face Songkran arrest, warns PM
Thaivisa Reporters

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BANGKOK:-- Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned Thai women and ladyboys about provocative behaviour at the upcoming Songkran festival cautioning about allowing too many "Western cultural values" to become part of the traditional celebration.

PM Prayut was giving an address Tuesday after a meeting of high ranking government officials. He reiterated about action to combat the death toll on the roads calling for people to not drink and drive and asking for the support of the public and officials in ensuring a safe and happy festival.

He warned that like at New Year drunks would have their vehicles confiscated. But it was his comments about some of the antics of his countrymen and women that drew a stern warning from Prayut:

Possibly referring to the new bonds with neighbouring countries in the NEC he said: "I want this to be a fun and historical moment for this is an international Songkran that we can celebrate with our neighbours like Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. We can share our various cultures. But don't let the Western culture come in too much. First and foremost women and "type two women" (ladyboys) who dress inappropriately or dance provocatively on the back of trucks will be arrested immediately.

"And so will the drivers," added the PM.

The Songkran festival or traditional Thai New Year features much revelry with traditional niceties like the bathing of Buddhist images with scented water and the giving of blessings often giving way to aggressive water fights and drunken debauchery.

The festival kicks off in earnest in the middle of next week.

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-- 2016-04-06

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He's certainly enjoying himself these days,

Returning Happiness to the People Junta Style and taking every chance to put the boot into foreigners.

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..........note to self: Put my orange mankini back in storage......sad.png

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The guy really has a dislike of the west and everything western apart from western currency. So anyone in dresses in western clothing and dances to western music like the girls in the photo will be arrested. Has he gone completely mad? What next, is he going to send his goons out to arrest all farangs for harbouring ghosts in thier homes.

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He's certainly enjoying himself these days,

Returning Happiness to the People Junta Style and taking every chance to put the boot into foreigners.

where are all his farang worshippers who hailed him as the Messiah and preached how much he would do for them? The guy is loopy and dangerous.

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What is acceptable and decent to a young girl might not be decent and acceptable

to an old man. He needs to provide an example of the standard imposed.

Good luck

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..........note to self: Put my orange mankini back in storage......sad.png

You should be OK as it is just women & "type two women" (?) that are being targeted according to him.

Unless of course you are driving the pickup in your mankini with a horde of tarts in the back and even then it likely won't matter what you're wearing............................tongue.png

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Western culture like half-naked lady boys, Walking Street, Pattaya...

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So is this the reality of Thailand:

- Arrest women for dancing in what some might think provocatively.

- Don't get arrested for selling your body for sex to any passerby?

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Wanting Thais not to drink and drive during during songkhran...what about the other 355 days a year?

He just doesn't get how a proper regulatory system works....

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This says a lot more about the sexual hang-ups of those trying to restrict these activities than those who are simply out to have fun.

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Such wonderful news,stories such as this and the thousands I continue to read most days only add to my excitement of departing Thailand for a better life elsewhere.

Six years here,definitely time for a change,I like many probably missed the best years anyway,now it really is bottom of the barrel by the looks of things.

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Funny that. Not even less than 100 years ago you'd find Thai women walking around top less. It was then "western" influence that brought in such conservatism around in the 50s. Now sexy dancing and being scantily clad is some sort of evil western import again?

This man is an absolute farce from small issues to glaring huge ones.

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UGH ! facepalm.gif That little man again! is there no end to his inane drivel

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