Inmates at Bangkok Remand Prison have taken up dancing the mega-hit Gangnam Style by South Korean rap star Psy to reduce stress and violence among them.
Inmates at Bangkok Remand Prison dance to ‘Gangnam Style’ in a competition organised to ease their stress and reduce violence between convicts. TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD
About 4,500 detainees in seven zones of the jail joined a dancing competition based on the song in October.
"Since then, quarrels among them have declined significantly," said Corrections Department chief Suchart Wong-anantchai during an awards ceremony held for the two winning teams after the final round of the competition yesterday.
Stress among the inmates has been a big problem as newcomers find it hard to adjust, while those who have been deprived of freedom for a long time begin to lose patience, Bangkok Remand Prison chief Sorasit Chongcharoen said.
The prison decided to find an activity to relieve them of this unpleasant condition and finally hit upon Gangnam Style as a form of escapism for the inmates.
"As a form of exercise, dancing helps bring their hormones into balance, improves their personalities and builds unity," Mr Sorasit said.
Jes, who led one of the winning teams, agreed the competition created a friendly atmosphere.
"We have more unity as a result of the dancing competition," he said. "I notice that clearly."
He said his team was made up of 10 other inmates from Prison Zone 1.
They practised every afternoon by mimicking dance moves from the Gangnam Style music video, Jes said.
"The competition teaches them teamwork and discipline," he said.
A team from zone eight won the freestyle dance completion.
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