Police station painted red
- Published: 4/06/2013 at 03:17 PM
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Village headmen and police in Surin's Rattanaburi district decided to paint their police station red to make it "stand out", but the move has drawn a mixed response from locals and netizens.
Pornthep Poonsrithanakul, a member of the Surin Provincial Administration Organisation, said the Rattanaburi police station building was in very poor condition and the police had too little money to renovate it.
He said a charity event was held to raise money for the work, which raised 340,000 baht.
"Members of the commission for overseeing the Rattanaburi police administration unanimously agreed to paint the police station red to make it more elegant and so it will stand out and people can notice it easily," Mr Pornthep said.
Village headmen and police in Surin's Rattanaburi district decided to paint the police station red to make it more elegant and help people to spot it more easily. (Sanook.com photo)
He said the painters had temporarily removed the portraits of Their Majesties the King and Queen from the building wall to prevent them being stained while the painting was in progress.
"Please don't link this to politics," Mr Pornthep said.
Ngek-jeng Panya-ngam, a village chief in Rattanaburi, said the commission wanted only to spruce up the police station.
Many people associate the colour red with the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), better known as the red-shirt political movement.
The group generally supports the ruling Pheu Thai Party and fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and stands against the opposition Democrat Party and the yellow-shirt People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD).
The red police station has elicited mixed reactions from netizens on popular webboards and social media sites.
One poster on Sanook.com webboard, with the alias An, argued that there are many other colours beside red, and suggested that all government offices should be painted white.
Another netizen, Pid Winai, wrote: "The building should be renamed the Pheu Thai Police Station in Rattanaburi."
But other commentators were more relaxed about the colour choice. One poster, WhatEver, said the station could be painted in any colour, so long as the police served the public well.
Another poster, Kra-ak Loed, said a red police station looks better that a yellow version would.
In DailyNews.com, Por Ta Anakod Luk Song wrote: "I thought it was a post office."
"This is definitely political. If not, what then?" wrote Surachai Uparamai.
Kamol Komlo commented red is one of the colours in the Thai national flag and this means that the police are serving the country.
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