‘We Volunteer’ Pro-Democracy protesters sell 1,000kg shrimp to help seafood vendors near government house


The ‘We Volunteer (Wevo)’ group, who support Pro-Democracy protesters in Thailand, sold 1,000 kilograms of shrimp near the Government House in Bangkok to help shrimp vendors today.

The head of the group, Mr. Piyarat Jongthep, teamed with shrimp vendors from Nakhon Pathom and stated to have sold more than 1,000 kilograms of shrimp near the government house today (December 26th).

Mr Piyarat told Thai press “I wanted to help shrimp vendors who had been affected after a major shrimp market in Samut Sakhon was closed due to Covid – 19 measurements and restrictions.”

“They don’t have a place to sell shrimp anymore and are struggling to make a living. Many people have misunderstood about shrimp and think they can spread Covid-19 which they cannot. Some people are afraid to eat shrimp.” Piyarat concluded, referring to a recent cluster of Covid-19 infections originating from a seafood market in Samut Sakhon.

However there was a little chaos when Wevo’s guards allegedly found that a man was carrying a gun in the area.

They caught the man and restrained him and they believed the man was a police officer who was not wearing a uniform. The situation was later calmed down and negotiated between multiple parties.

Mr. Piyarat told the press, “I paid a 200 baht fine claiming that I had not filed a permission to use loud speakers as well as a fine for 1,000 baht for being against the Act on the Maintenance of the Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country.”

Mr. Piyarat did not comment on if he felt he actually violated these rules but did state he was only trying to support the local community and not cause problems or protest.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.