Not sure if hilarious or wrong. Leaning more towards hilarious.
Local thugs forced to fight pro Muay Thai fighters as punishment during Thai New Year festivalSongkran, or the Thai New Year, is held annually between April 13-15. It is also known as the water-throwing festival because the tradition of washing Buddhist statues for good fortune has evolved into a tradition of throwing water on other people as well. In other words, it‘s like a giant free-for-all water fight throughout the country!Naturally, by human nature not all of the citizens are well-behaved, and the festival always leads to some fights and drunken brawls between irresponsible revelers. This year, however, it looks like the ingenious idea of one politician in Buriram City may stop local gang members from stirring up more trouble at future festivalsâ€¦and it might just shock you.Buriram City is located in the eponymous northeast province of Thailand. While the local residents look forward to the New Year‘s festival as a chance to cool down during the hottest month of the year, one local politician was fed up by the inevitable destruction caused by young gang members year after year. So he gave them an ultimatum: at the opening ceremony of the event, he declared, â€œThis time, whoever disrupts the festival will be forced to fight three rounds with a pro Muay Thai fighter.â€Muay Thai, or Thai kickboxing as it‘s known internationally, is a full-contact martial art which requires intense physical and mental discipline. With that in mind, you‘d think that the threat of having to get into the ring with a pro fighter would strike fear into the hearts of the local thugs, but apparently none of them took the politician‘s words at face value because, sure enough, several hours after the start of the festival five â€œdisturbers of the peaceâ€ were seized by event staff. They were then dragged over to a special ring set up in the center of the event area, whereupon they were forced to go up against professional Muay Thai fighters.