Bar owners dismayed as closing times remain unchanged – No special privileges for Pattaya

Bar owners dismayed as closing times remain unchanged - No special privileges for Pattaya - Pattaya Mail, May 20-26, 2005

[This is an amazing quote: “But for the moment everyone around the country must follow the same law.” Areas like Pattaya have always been a country within a country in Thailand. The idea that the Thaksin government has been able to have national laws enforced within Pattaya is quite unprecedented and a measure of the strength and confidence of Thaksin's rule.]

...Somchai responded by calling for cooperation from businesses in following the current regulations and strictly adhering to the zoning laws, operating times, not allowing patrons under the age of 20 to enter venues, keeping weapons and drugs out of their venues, not providing lewd shows, and having correct licenses.
Many bar owners were dismayed over the response and walked out of the meeting...
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