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Bar, Restaurant Owners Sue Prayut for ฿87 Million Over Alcohol Bans, Lockdowns

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A group of restaurant and bar owners today will file a lawsuit against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, seeking 87 million baht in compensation for the damage done by the government’s repeated lockdowns and alcohol bans.

The Rat Fong Rat (“People Suing the Government”) group is backed by the Human Rights Lawyers Association, which will

File its suit Thursday, alleging that the government recklessly closed their businesses for months in each of 2020 and 2021 without adequately protecting owners and employees from economic devastation.

Besides Prayut, also named in the suit are the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, and ministries of Publci Health, and Commerce.

“Even though the lockdown is over, the damage from our missed opportunities remains,” the HRLA wrote on its Facebook page, pointing to the ban on alcohol sales that wiped out revenue and profits for much of the past 20 months.

Even now, they said, the government continues to limit alcohol sales without valid reason or compensation to businesses.

Currently, restaurants in “blue” tourist zones – Bangkok Phuket, Krabi, and Phangnga – can serve alcohol only if they are certified by the Public Health Ministry and only until 9 p.m. Bars and other alcohol-friendly entertainment venues remain closed.