Mae Sot locals stage protest to shut border and keep Covid-19 out  

A GROUP of residents at Mae Sot border town staged a protest at the second Thai Myanmar Friendship Bridge this afternoon (Oct. 11) calling on the authorities to shut all border crossings to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to Thailand, TV Channel 7 reported.

Their demonstration was triggered by two Myanmar truck drivers testing positive for coronavirus and later one more truck driver from the neighbouring country also doing so.

The provincial authorities are now busy searching for people who came into contact with the third infected driver to test and quarantine them.

The protesters, who call themselves Border People Network, submitted a letter to Tak provincial governor via Mr. Thawatchai Onsarn, deputy district chief for security, and Ms. Siriporn Sornwai, deputy district chief for defence, in which they gave the authorities three days to act on their request, if not they would stage a bigger demonstration.

They said that the discovery of infected Myanmar truck drivers had led to local people panicking that the deadly disease would inevitably spread across the border.


Top: The demonstration at the second Thai Myanmar Friendship Bridge today. Thai headline says, “Fearful of Covid-19, pushing to shut border.” Photo: TV Channel 7

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