Muay Thai Protest

Supporters of muay Thai staged a protest outside Thailand's Tourism and Sports Ministry Monday in an effort to force the government to allow the resumption of boxing competitions around the country. While fights in major stadiums have been allowed to resume without the presence of a live audience, smaller promotions across the country have been prevented from staging matches due to lockdown conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The protest, led by Nuttadej Vachirarattanawong, the director of the Petchyindee Muay Thai Academy, requested the government ease the lockdown further to relieve the burden of people in the provinces who make their living from the boxing industry. Nuttadej said promoters are willing to work within government guidelines and are not asking for live spectators to be allowed at the fights.

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