117 ‘coloured’ foreigners arrested in nationwide crackdowns

Most of the suspects were "coloured" people working for football clubs or as English teachers, while some were Catholic priests.

Tourist, immigration and other police agencies conducted searches nationwide on Wednesday and early Thursday, detaining 117 foreigners suspected of breaking the law.

Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakpal, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, held a press conference at 1.30am to announce the results of the fourth “X-ray Outlaw Foreigner” operation, in which police conducted searches at 111 sites around the country.

He said 20 foreigners had been arrested for overstaying tourist visas, comprising two Egyptians, a Russian, a Dutch national, a Laotian, a Myanmar national, five Indians, a Grecian, four Cambodians, two Chinese, one Vietnamese and one Qatari.

Surachet added that 84 foreigners had been arrested for having entered the country unlawfully, listing them as 25 Indians, 31 Myanmar nationals, 18 Laotians, four Cambodians, one Vietnamese, one Iraqi, two Nigerians and one Afghan.

The nationality of another suspect is still unknown.

The deputy police chief added that 13 foreigners had been arrested for working without permits or working in a job not permitted. Eight Vietnamese and five Myanmar nationals were detained, as well as a Thai employer.

Surachet said most of the suspects were “coloured” people working for football clubs or as English teachers, while some were Catholic priests.

He said police had searched 10 international schools and several football clubs in previous operations.

Police recently have publicised “Black Eagle” operations, which have appeared to target non-white foreigners. – The Nation


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