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Police warn protesters: Sidewalk feast in front of Parliament is illegal

THE People’s Party got a strong warning from the police today (Nov. 16) that their announced plan of eating pan pork (mu kratha) and grilled shrimp on the footpaths during a large rally outside the Parliament tomorrow and the day after (Nov. 17 and 18) would mean violating several laws, Amarin TV reported this afternoon (Nov. 16).

The People Party is among the groups gearing up to rally outside the Parliament during a joint session to deliberate constitution amendment drafts the next two days.

Deputy Metropolitan Police Chief Pol. Maj. Gen Piya Tawichai pointed out that such activities are illegal being an offense against the Act on the Maintenance of the Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country.

Moreover the Road Traffic Act forbids placing obstacles on the sidewalks and public places with another law controlling the use of gas cylinders.

Asked whether bringing flammable picnic gas cylinders to the sidewalk or public places would be a violation of the Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives. Fireworks and Imitation Firearms Act or not, Pol. Maj. Gen Piya said this would depend on the objective of the perpetrators.

For those who do not know, pan pork, or mu kratha in Thai, resembles a combination of a Korean barbecue and a Chinese hot pot. It is believed to have originated from the Korean barbecue grill. The Thai version uses charcoal. The dining concept spread throughout Thailand and into Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, Wikipedia said.


Shrimp barbecue at Ao Sane beach, Phuket. Photo: Phuket@photographer.net (CC BY 2.0)


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