500 foreigners including 2 Filipinos arrested by Thai immigration police
The Thai immigration police simultaneously conducted searches around the country early Friday and rounded up 503 foreigners with overstay visas, illegally entering Thailand, as well as other crimes.
In a press conference held in front of The Street Ratchadapisek at 1 am, Immigration Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj-General Itthipol Itthisarnronnachai, said the crackdown was part of the government’s effort to eradicate transnational scammers, card skimmers and drug traffickers, as well as foreigners breaking immigration laws.
General Itthipol revealed that the crackdown took place in different locations including 4 schools, 50 hotels, 6 service establishments, and 73 private firms and shops.
Nationals charged with visa overstays were 4 Iranians, 3 Laotians, 2 Russians, 1 American, 1 Indian, 1 Chinese and a Mongolian.
Those who were charged with entering Thailand illegally were 94 Laotians, 86 Burmese, 68 Cambodians, 2 Vietnamese, 1 Indian, and 1 South Korean.
According to The Nation report,Itthipol did not elaborate on the nature of the charges filed against 121 Thais, 50 Cambodians, 40 Burmese, 6 Laotians, 6 Vietnamese, 3 Indians, 2 Filipinos, 2 Chinese, 2 Australians, 2 Russians, 1 British, 1 South Korean, 1 Greek and 1 German
He said 43 separate operations in the clampdown, including Friday’s, had resulted in the arrest of 6,971 foreigners, the report added.
Sources: The Nation / Komchadluek
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