At least two thousand people lined up to receive free food from a Norwegian Church in Pattaya this morning with some people showing up during the national curfew hours.
The church, which has been providing needy people in Pattaya with food and supplies every Thursday over the past few weeks, has gained huge popularity among residents in the local community for their generosity.
The handout was scheduled to begin at 9 am this morning, in an effort to ensure people had plenty of time to arrive after the curfew finished at 4 am.
However, despite this, the first people arrived at 1 am and within a couple of hours, hundreds had started lining up along Soi Thrappraya 5 in Pattaya.
Police showed up to order residents to return to their homes as the curfew was still in place. However, the starving residents refused, telling the police they were hungry and had no source of income due to the current lockdowns.
Police eventually gave in and turned their attention to ensuring everyone in the queue was social distancing properly which became more difficult as the hundreds turned into thousands.
Pattaya has been without a new coronavirus case in more than 40 days making it understandable that the local community is becoming increasingly frustrated with authorities over the closure of their businesses, as displayed by their refusal to return home during the curfew.
The church proceeded to hand out food and other items at 9 am and will expect an even larger crowd next week as the number of people who are in financial dire straits continues to increase.
Watch a video of the queue forming during curfew hours below:
Source: The Pattaya News