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Google maps or a government spy?

A 27 year old Chiang Mai man was briefly detained for interrogation when he drove his camera mounted car into the Phrae Song district.

Dephrom Futong, was driving a google maps car when he was stopped from passing through the village by concerned residents who thought he might be a spy that had been sent by the government to come and pry into a controversial dam project that local residents feel strongly opposed to.

After the interrogation the man was forced to go to the village temple and swear in front of a Buddha image that he had not taken any footage with his camera in the area and then he was told to leave. He said he was given a letter issued by the head of the village that outlined why google was not allowed to show the area on its google streets service!

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