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The deputy commander of immigration told the press this morning of the latest arrests in a long running crackdown to rid the country of over-stayers, people illegally entering on tourist visas, scammers, skimmers and Thais breaking the law by not reporting their whereabouts.
Maj-Gen Itthiphon Itthisanranachai was speaking on behalf of immigration and a large number of other police departments outside The Street on Rachadapisek in Bangkok at 1 am this morning.
The latest sweep checked 229 places such as hotels, schools (both language and private), restaurants and private addresses. In total 490 people were arrested.
Most were Thais and people from neighboring countries.
The Maj-Gen said he was following government orders to rid the country of romance scammers, ATM skimmers and drug dealers. The Thai Rath story then gave no evidence that anyone had been arrested for those matters.
Here are the details:
1. Arrested for overstay: Total 14. This comprised three each from India and Vietnam, two from Laos and Cameroon and one each from Myanmar, Cambodia Switzerland and the US.
2. Arrested for entering Thailand illegally: Total 338. Comprising 141 from Myanmar, Laos 110, Cambodia 85, Vietnam and India one each.
3. Others 138: These included 70 cases of not reporting an alien’s whereabouts within 24 hours, 20 not staying at a registered address, 16 illegal workers and 32 unspecified “others”.
For the third category the tally was as follows: Thai 83, Myanmar 27, Cambodia 9, Laos 4, India 3, Thai (mentioned again for some unspecified reason in the report) 2, China, Vietnam and Russia 2 each, and one each for France, Poland, South Korea and Canada.
Of the 229 places searched 68 were businesses and shops, 6 were entertainment venues, 62 hotels and other accommodation and 93 others.
The total since the crackdown began – and this time Thai Rath did not give it a name – was 7,145 places searched and 8,400 arrested.