The administrative police officer Phochai Sangeiad said a police team from Bang Lamung district had set up a night checkpoint at Pattaya’s Walking Street. He told Thai media that they arrested 44-year-old Paiboon Butwong, who was driving the car, and his passenger, 44-year-old Jantana Butsurin, when they arrived at the checkpoint around midnight, or just 3 hours after the curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
At the time of the arrest, Khun Paiboon had a cell phone in his hand while live-streaming what he was up to on his Facebook and YouTube accounts. However, Phochai says that Khun Paiboon claimed he was just looking for some food. The officer’s guess is that Paiboon was really just trying to impress his viewers.
He adds that the couple was unable to provide the proper consent document that would allow them outside their accommodation after their curfew.
The couple were taken to the Pattaya Police Station on charges of violating the curfew, and possibly violating the Emergency Decree and the Communicable Disease Act. Phochai says they could even face jail time. He didn’t say if the prison would have streaming capabilities or if it would be too loud to record vocals properly.
Last month, “bar girls” were also arrested for live streaming. However, they did not break the curfew just by gathering in groups deemed too large. The number of people, not the size of the girls, at least. On the first night of the curfew, 299 people were arrested in Thailand. It was not reported whether their curfew violations had anything to do with social media.
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