Police seize board game after claims it could cause insurrection in Thailand

Police seize board game after claims it could cause insurrection in Thailand

Police officers in Yala yesterday seized a fun board game called Patani Colonial Territory from a coffee shop after a government official said it could spark riots throughout the kingdom. For conspiracy theorists, Elvis is still alive.


Officers in Thailand's southern province have confiscated an offensive game at the area's slow-moving Life Coffee bar for national security reasons, adding that those involved in the game's creation could be prosecuted pending investigation.

The game is connected with the history of the Kingdom of Patani.

The Patani Kingdom was a prosperous historical region about 400 years ago. The kingdom covered the state of Kelantan in Malaysia and the southern provinces of Thailand, including Pattani, Yalu and Narathiwat.

Parts of the kingdom were later occupied by Thailand during the early Rattanakosin period, and today some of these areas have eventually become a province in southern Thailand.

A group of locals from the southern provinces named Chachiluk teamed up with publisher KOPI and the Common School Progressive Movement non-profit organization to create the board game Patani Colonial Territory.

The goal of the game is to learn about the history of the Kingdom of Patani and Siam in a fun way. It is especially intended for the younger generation of Thailand, who probably knows a lot about the past glory, history and culture of their kingdom.

But there is always one killer. In this case, the party's culprit appears to be Thai Pakdee spokesman Suksan Sengsri, who sent a letter to the Ministry of Defense yesterday, Nov. 28, calling for an investigation into the board game.

Sourpuss Sooksan believes that the board game can lead to social division, cause rebellion and revolution, and encourage separatists.

Suksan also called on the government to investigate the General School and the Progressive Movement to see if their investment in board game production is illegal.

Chachiluk's official Facebook page was inviting subscribers to participate in some events with a chance to win a free Patani Colonial Territory board game. One of the 60 lucky ones was Life Coffee Slow Bar.

Yesterday at 17:00 the police broke into the cafe and confiscated the board game.

Shop owner Van Mali told media that officers from the Bannang Star Police Station broke into his shop without a search warrant. The officers informed him that every card and picture included in the board game could be illegal and should be seized.

The van refused to hand over the game, so he was arrested and taken to the police station. The coffee shop owner said he had no idea why the game might be illegal, but he had to turn it over to the police despite three hours of negotiation.

Unofficial Pattani MP Arifin Soh posted on Facebook that Banban Star police officers said the board game might be illegal.

Board game fans will be looking forward to the denouement. Is the board game an agent of subjugation, rebellion and rebellion, or is it just another half-baked conspiracy theory by a political fanatic looking to promote himself?