Two backpackers are facing jail in a hell-hole Thai prison after sparking outrage when they were caught on CCTV ripping down the country’s flags.
Ian Gerstgrasser, 18, and Tobias Gamper, 22, were filmed laughing as they went on the a rampage outside a shop on holiday resort Krabi.
They pulled down half-a-dozen red, white and blue flags then walking on them – sparking fury from deeply patriotic Thais still mourning the death of their king.
Footage of the vandalism went viral with locals branding them ”disgusting foreigners” for ”disrespecting the country they visit”.
Cops tracked down the pair down – both from Italy – and they were forced to make a humiliating apology on camera.
Furious local Anake Saranath, who spotted them on CCTV, said: ”They’ve shown a deliberate lack of respect of respect to the country. They are two animals.
”They should act properly when they go on holiday to another person’s country. It’s disgusting. People are very angry.
”It was very easy for police to find them because it is such a small area. They were arrested and taken to the station. They had been partying and drinking but that is no excuse.”
The owner of the shop where the flags were hanging, Wattana Saranart, 65, said he was ”disappointed at the men’s insulting behavior”.
Destroying the national flag in Thailand carries a jail term of up to two years and a fine of 4,000THB (£80). A separate offence of deriding a flag carries a six-month prison sentence and a 1,000THB (£20) fine.
A spokesman for Krabi Police said they were still deciding what punishment the pair should face.
He added: ”They have made a lot of people angry. They were arrested and taken to the station. They apologised and we they will be punished.”