Prayuth orders crackdown on fake goods

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered a crackdown on counterfeit goods as officials take steps to protect intellectual property rights.

Although it might be an uphill struggle as there are currently just 20 copyright inspectors in the entire country, Thai PBS reported.

Officials will toughen checks on major markets along the country’s borders as the PM said he wanted to encourage the public to buy authentic goods, improve coordination between agencies in cracking down on fakes, and speed up intellectual copyright registration.

The measure comes just a week after an attempted crackdown on Sa Kaew’s Rong Kluea market at the Thai-Cambodian border, notorious for being a top spot to buy fake designer goods, went south when hundreds of angry market workers attacked officials.

A group of around 400 Cambodians threw rocks, bottles and sticks at the officers, damaging cars and wounding officials, forcing them to turn around and flee.

Two Cambodian men were arrested over the incident, in which eight Department of Special Investigation officials and four local cops were injured. 

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