5 teens arrested for vandalizing Democratic campaign signs

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Sattahip police have arrested five youths accused of destroying Democratic Party campaign posters.

Former Sattahip Moo 6 village chief Natchai Sangsri – who earlier this month reported vandalism against numerous ruling coalition signboards – again called police June 23 to say two teenagers had gotten into a fight with five vandals at Prince Chumphon Park. The sign-bashing gang damaged 10 posters before fleeing on motorbikes on Soi Bonkai.

Teenage boys were caught destroying Democrat Party campaign posters in Sattahip. Teenage boys were caught destroying Democrat Party campaign posters in Sattahip.

Four hours after a formal complaint by Democratic Zone 8 MP candidate Maitree Soiluang that as many as 40 of his party’s signs had been destroyed, police arrested 5 boys ranging in age from 14 to 16.

The students all claimed they wrecked the signboards because the prime minister was more handsome than them, not because of any political or financial motivation. Police, however, suspected they were paid by rival political parties to vandalize the signs.

Nonetheless, Maitree accepted their explanation and refused to press charges. Police issued warnings to the boys and their parents.