(30 March) Police in Bangkok have detained over 150 teenagers who congregated on Rama I Memorial Bridge for what the police called "socially-disruptive" activists, including drug use.
The mass arrest took place at around 02.00, with police officers raiding the bridge from both ends to trap the large crowd of loitering teenagers.
Rama I Memorial Bridge, known by the Thais more commonly as Saphan Put, is frequented by many teenage indivuals with disruptive behaviours, particularly the teenage gangsters who liked to race their motorcycles along the roads at nighttime, police officers said.
Pol.Col. Charnsiri Sukruay said the early morning raid was meant to discourage teenagers from engaging in inappropriate activities on the bridge, such as gang formation, drug uses, and public display of affection.
According to reports in Thai Rath newspapers, several teenagers were tested positive for drug uses, while other detained teenagers were eventually released after their parents were summoned to the police stations.
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