Pattaya man climbs power pole in a solo protest

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Pattaya man climbs power pole in a solo protest
Photo: Bangkok Post

A local resident was reported to police this morning after he decided to climb a power pole in protest of not receiving the government’s 5,000 baht cash handout.

The 59-year-old Thai man took to climbing the pole outside of a temple at Soi Chalerm Phra Kiat 9 in tambon Nong Prue, Bang Lamung district at around 11 am on Tuesday morning.

Pattaya police were notified of the incident and hurried to the scene where they found the man, who was possibly drunk, hanging from the pole dangerously close to the power lines.

The scene quickly became crowded as local officials from the disaster prevention and mitigation office arrived and onlookers snapped photos of the man.

As he hung from the top of the power lines, around 10 meters off the ground, the man was yelling and screaming about registering for the Thai Government’s 5,000 baht cash handout in March but not receiving a single baht.

He said he deserved the money and became very emotional as he complained about his situation.

After around half an hour, police finally managed to coax the man down from the pole after which they contacted his relatives to take him home.

No charges were made against the man.

Source: Bangkok Post


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