Sophon Cable TV reported on Facebook that Thai social media was demanding that the authorities act to rid Pattaya of people like traders selling fake watches.
The calls come in the wake of the attack on soldiers out of uniform who had been part of the Cobra Gold 2018 exercises.
The time has come for the police to do something constructive to help prevent damage to tourism, said the media.
Sophon said that comment across social media was calling for action against people selling fake watches and other goods around the resort who are damaging the image of Pattaya.
Netizens were saying that sellers were nothing but trouble who often picked fights with tourists over nothing. And in the recent case it was completely wrong that those responsible for assault were just fined for attacking tourists.
Sophon said that officers of the state – by which they normally mean police – should act to uphold the law.
Earlier Pol Col Apichai Krobpetch had appeared on a video shown by the Thai media and been reported as saying that his force did everything it could to arrest and stop people like the fake watch sellers.
But the court of social media were dismissing this as pure flannel.
Sophon said that many of the sellers were people from out of town after a fast buck and were causing trouble and damaging Pattaya and something urgently needed to be done to protect tourism. – Sophon Cable
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