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Social media star ‘had no permission’ to launch wildfires campaign

Jun 29. 2020
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By The Nation

Popular social media influencer Sean Buranahiran has attracted more flak over his charity campaign to fight wildfires in Chiang Mai.

Mueang district chief Sarawut Worapong has sent a letter to the province’s governor complaining that Sean did not request permission from local authorities to launch his campaign for donations.

Permission is required under the Fundraising Control Act BE2487 (1944).

The district chief took action after police deputy spokesman Krisana Pattanacharoen suggested that people affected by the case report their concerns to the police.

Krisana was reacting to complaints from Sean’s followers that donations to the campaign had been misspent on raising his own profile rather than fighting the fires.

Sean responded on Facebook by saying the campaign had gathered Bt875,741.53 in public donations from March 30 to May 1.

He added that Bt254,516.53 of that money was spent on making social-media videos aimed at raising awareness of the fires.

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