808 Festival safety guards accused of sexual assault, touching ‘pussy’

Dozens of music lovers accused safety guards of touching their “pussy” and “sexual assault” at a Bangkok music competition over the weekend.
The victims complained that they had their private components groped by guards as they had been searched previous to getting into the three-day 808 Festival at BITEC Bang Na held between December 9/11.
One lady, Hitomi Okemoto, advised Coconuts that the guards touched all of the women entering the competition inappropriately “between [the] legs, they actually touched pussy over clothes” and “touched my nipple instantly.”
Disgruntled Okemoto also published pictures and videos of different attendees being groped.
“I’ve been to different festivals in Thailand, and [nothing occurred like] this sexual physique examine before. It was way too much, I think different ladies additionally felt disgusted and scared and unhappy.
“I hope they don’t make any money next yr after harassing ladies like this.”
A Thai reporter also witnessed safety guards touching ladies and men beneath underwear with their bare arms before they have been allowed to enter the venue. Men had been assigned to the boys, and girls checked the ladies.
Several women reckoned the guards appeared to be focusing on the women greater than the lads.
Festival organizers defended the personal safety guards saying they have been “police looking for drugs” and that they “had no management over it.”
“Every competition is subjected to body searches. It’s a regular procedure.”
Festival organisers also defended safety touching naked breasts. They said…
“There is an indication written on the entry space that mentions this.”
Okemoto stated she noticed no such signs.
“I hope organizers can clarify with out mendacity as a end result of they only told me they had been Thai government officers and that they couldn’t do anything about it.”
The Security AF Team head of security, Eiw, stated he was unaware of any inappropriate touching, adding they had been just following orders.
“The means we work is to prevent drugs from coming into the competition. The method individuals usher in medication are hidden in locations that we can’t reach.
“We were just doing our job. By day three of the festival, increasingly more folks had been caught with drugs, at least over a hundred individuals. We take pictures and send them to the police. We just need to provide a protected house for all and to warn people to not take drugs.”
Despite what Members only of safety told Okemoto, she mentioned there were no signs warning people of the search methods.
A media relations publicist for the festival confirmed that they employed the safety staff and in addition defended the searches as “necessary” as a outcome of this year’s strict no-drug policy.
The publicist, who declined to provide her title, stated that Okemoto had exaggerated her experience. The video appears to reveal in any other case.



One Thai netizen said…
“It’s sexual assault. No one should settle for this. It is not ordinary in Thailand. These behaviours have to be denounced, the organizers are responsible.”
In September, comparable complaints have been made about safety at one other EDM event, the Together Festival. Women complained they have been touched beneath their bras while men said security touched their testicles.
Okemoto questioned whether these practices are regular in Thailand..

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