Friday, October 13, 2006

No-Go For Thai Tank Dancing Girls

Thai coup leaders have banned go-go girls from dancing near tanks and troops on Bangkok streets, saying they are a distraction from the serious business of power. The tanks sent in to lead Thailand's first coup in 15 years have turned Bangkok into a carnival-type attraction. But Colonel Acra Tiprote says a coup is not entertaining. "People should differentiate between entertainment and seriousness," he said.He spoke to Reuters after a troupe of 10 women in tight camouflage vests and shorts posed with soldiers and tanks while making a music video. "It is not appropriate to entertain soldiers while they are on duty," he said. Thais and foreign tourists have flocked to the Army Headquarters to take picture with tanks and soldiers. Many gave soldiers flowers or food and drink.