116 pub-goers, manager at Bangkok pub charged for alcohol violation

116 pub-goers, manager at Bangkok pub charged for alcohol violation

Pub-goers are seen inside XOXO Bar and Restaurant in Korea Town, Klong Toey district of Bangkok, during a police raid on Saturday night. (Royal Thai Police photo)
Pub-goers are seen inside XOXO Bar and Restaurant in Korea Town, Klong Toey district of Bangkok, during a police raid on Saturday night. (Royal Thai Police photo)

Police have charged 116 pub-goers and a manager after a raid on a famous Bangkok pub on Saturday night.

Police from the Children and Women Protection Sub-Division and Lumpini station stormed XOXO Bar and Restaurant in Korea Town in Klong Toey district at 10.45pm and detained 116 guests -- including 27 foreigners -- along with manager Sirichai Samnakhon.

The raid was disclosed on Sunday.

Sub-Division chief Pol Col Theerachai Chanmanmor said police found 50 drinking containers filled with beer and 60 glasses of beer at seats inside the pub. They also seized orders of alcoholic drinks at the counter, he added.

The pub-goers were charged for defying a ban on gatherings that could spread the coronavirus. The manager of the pub was charged for selling alcohol.

Restaurants in Bangkok and other high-risk provinces are banned from selling alcoholic beverages.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Monday the government planned to lift the ban by Dec 1 to promote tourism and the new year celebrations.

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