Protest up power pole in Pattaya

Protest up power pole in Pattaya

Paiboon Wisetsri, 59, complains loudly from a power pole in Pattaya, Chon Buri, on Tuesday morning. (Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong)
Paiboon Wisetsri, 59, complains loudly from a power pole in Pattaya, Chon Buri, on Tuesday morning. (Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

CHON BURI: A man climbed up a power pole in Pattaya on Tuesday morning, threatening to jump, because he had not received the government's 5,000-baht payout for three months for people affected by the spread of the coronavirus.

The man's protest, outside a temple at the mouth of Soi Chalerm Phra Kiat 9 in tambon Nong Prue, Bang Lamung district, was reported to police about 11am.

Pol Col Khemarin Pismai, the Pattaya police chief, rushed to the scene with a following of local police and officials from the disaster prevention and mitigation office.

The man, Paiboon Wisetsri, 59, was standing on cables attached to the pole, about 10 metres above the ground.

He was yelling loudly, complaining that he had registered in March for the government's 5,000 baht a month handout - and he still had not received any money, even though he deserved it.

He was very emotional, possibly drunk.

After talking to him for about 30 minutes, officials coaxed the man back down to the ground. 

The police had contacted his relatives, and they were there to take him home.


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