A group of four teenagers has been arrested in Roi Et after live-streaming their Songkran water fighting on social media.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Songkran has been postponed this year with the Thai Government giving strict warnings about social distancing and playing with water as is the usual tradition.
However, the teenagers decided to ignore the government warnings and went live on social media while playing water and drinking alcohol, which is now banned from being sold in all provinces across Thailand.
During the live broadcast, the teenagers joked that they were not afraid of the law and didn’t care about the current state of emergency. Within minutes, their live video went viral on Thai social media.
It instantly received criticism from the online community with many people displaying shock that the teenagers would be so brass about ignoring current regulations that are in place nationwide.
The video was quickly sourced to Les Phume District in Roi Et and it was discovered that one of the teenagers works at the Phon Thong Subdistrict Administrative Organization (SAO) and is the son of the Vice-Chairman of the organization.
Due to his father holding a prominent position, the teenager seemed to believe he could get away with doing whatever he wanted. However, officials and police quickly went to his home but discovered nobody was there.
Neighbors told the officers that the four teenagers and the father had run away to try and escape the police. Shortly afterward the police caught all five and brought them into the police station for questioning.
It was then discovered that three of the four teenagers had taken illegal drugs and will face prosecution.
Source: Thai Residents | Photo: INN News