Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A vicious attack by Thais on a British tourist family in Thailand all of whom were hospitalised has been caught on CCTV and put up on YouTube.

British woman in light hair ttakes full blow to her face before going down. Their thrree motionless bodies were
left on the ground as their attackers sauntered off.

The family, a couple with their grown up son were attacked in the Thai beach resort of Hua Hin, where the King of Thailand keeps his summer palace. 

All three were attacked by a group of Thai men after reportedly coming out of a bar.

The woman was also kicked on the ground. The incident took place in a street of small bars called Soi Bintabaht.

A witness on the Hua Hin internet foreigners forum calling himself ‘Usual Suspect’ reported that a group of Thai youths had been looking for trouble in the area during the Songkran New Year water splashing holiday on April 13th.

“The girls in the bar I was in all night waved goodbye to 2Two elderly customers and their son and my wife & I followed only seconds after them. 
Within 20-30 meters of leaving the bar the Thais were punching the 65yr-old-lady in the face! 
The elderly gentleman was down on the floor and their son was beaten very badly! 
“At this point I caught up to the scene and pushed one of the youths away from the woman. I got severely punched & kicked for my troubles, but felt the need to protect this frail lady. 
"The three of them are still hospitalised and one will need cosmetic dental work done, 
“Not one person (other than myself) came to aid these old folk and they ended up laid in the road if you're still out in the wee hours tonight please be alert. 
These pockets of youths were intent on causing harm abd did blend in with all others beforehand.”

Pack attacks are frequent in Thailand but are rarely reported in the international media. 

They often happen after a tourist queries and refuses to pay a bill and sometimes when tourists are inebriated and are unaware to avoid any sort of confrontation in the country.

Attacks can also follow perceived insults and often happen if a bar girl is short-changed.

Most often Thais who are not involved in the argument will join in and attack the foreigners.

Hua Hin Police say that have one man in custody and are looking for two others.


Megalodon said...

But the word on the street is that the culprits are connected to "powerful" (read Mafia) people in Hua Hin, and are unlikely to face any charges.
Disgusting, filthy, cowardly, vile scum who should be made to rot in jail for a long time.

Simon Ruddle said...

As a regular visitor to Hua Hin, this has made me reconsider another visit.
Especially if the youths involved are 'connected'.
The video is sickening.

David Martin said...

its all over facebook and UK media outlets ,, its time for people to boycott Thailand in Droves ,, i have property and family in LOS but my thai family are also fearful about the stupidity and xenophobia going on in ever increasing force.

soiCzar said...

reported front page in todays edition of the Bangkok Post.

soiCzar said...

agreed, I wont be rushing back to Hua Hin.

Unknown said...

And the strangest part of all, tourist arrivals will increase as they do every year.

Horizons said...

Tourist arrivals increase each year because there are more planes in the sky. There are more people than ever before travelling long haul coupled with a major increase in regional connections, many of which serve a swathe of first generation Chinese tourists looking for a first trip abroad. Whether you think this accurately reflects a huge desire of people wanting to travel to Thailand specifically is in your own assessment but the supply and demand is facilitated by the aviation industry first and foremost, not the tourist.

Megalodon said...

One official line (at least) appears to be that the Songkran festival, with staged water fights and consumption of excessive alcohol, was very much to blame for his dreadful incident - as much as a festival can be blamed.
It is time Western powers made the Thai Government, by force if necessary, abolish this ludicrous festival of Songkran. It is nothing but trouble.
What Thais would say about this directive I neither know nor care. The Thai people have proved that they cannot be trusted to run a country without Western powers running the show.

D. Farang said...

Sounds something like a computer-generated assessment from "World Economy 101 For"

I almost fell off my proverbial chair, metaphorically speaking of course....

And on another (not-so funny) note - China is more than filling the void from a small decrease in Australians travelling to Thailand, and even the former are starting to complain, perhaps on behalf of the (at least) 35 Chinese citizens that drowned in and around Phuket in 2015..

Cheers (thought I'd even the playing field) Let's try that again..


Observer said...

"Not one person came to aid these old folk and they ended up laid in the road bleeding" ==> Looking at the video there was initially a lot of pushing and shoving. The actual violence took place over a matter of seconds and I don't know if intervention was possible. The participants (especially the son) had been drinking and the general rule of thumb is not to get involved in a brawl with drunks. In my opinion the most disturbing part of this video was the alpha Thai male who came out of the crowd and rabbit punched the father. He then knocked down the mother and son as they approached him, kicked the daylights out of the son on the ground, and then proceeded to the crowd with his arms raised clapping his hands in victory. The Thai police came up with lame excuse that none of the 4 thugs had prior convictions and had been drinking. Bullshit!! The alpha Thai male was in full control of his facilities and knew exactly what he was doing ... I doubt if he had much to drink. Secondly, forget that the alpha male has no priors, this individual has had a long history of violent behavior which shows just how ineffective the Thai judicial system is. Sad as it may sound, if these individuals are charged it will be because of the disrespect shown to the King's summer palace not the violence inflicted on the British family.

Teri R. said...

I have zero interest to travel there. Very sad.

D. Farang said...

My wife is from there, and therefore I've no choice - so I make the best of it. Give it a try sometime - it ain't all bad - believe me.

Most Thais are great people - and I assume you won't be going out to the bar-girl areas and getting drunk until 2-3 am..when all the "action goes down.."

jules in KL said...

2am in a bar area when many present are very, very drunk is a potentially dangerous place. It does not matter whether it is Hua Hin or Hereford, bad things will happen and get out of control very quickly. I have seen worse in British towns at 2am on a Saturday night and elsewhere.

The pack frenzy on foreigners is not just a feature of Thai nightlife, I have seen it many times in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Caribbean and even UK. Sensible Thais stand back and do not get involved, they do not want a beating. You will note from the video that the Thais stood back for some time after the yobs had disappeared and when it was safe rushed to help.

Whilst this is not peculiar to Thailand, there is a certain type of Thai man who is very violent and revels in it as if it makes him strong.

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Lancashirelad said...

Interesting accounts in the UK Press on the trial of the so-called accused in this case.
The elderly lady who was viciously attacked could not bring herself to face her cowardly attackers in the Courtroom.

Andrew Drummond said...

Well the couple gave evidence. I am surprised they bothered - but as they are not due to leave until Wednesday.

Ally said...

I see the Thai apologists are hard at it on the usual forums. It was a provoked attack and the mother was asking for it because she slapped an attacker.
I'd love to know how these fantasy merchants brains are wired up.....

Steam Punk said...

"Slapped an attacker" ..from where did you learn this detail?

Kelvin Bamfield said...

I dont condone this violence but the foreigners should have walked away instead of starting the fight ie dad punches the Thai guy and mum bitch slaps another Thai guy. If they have been coming to Thailand many times then they should have known. What the hell were they thinking. Alcohol and after midnight = danger. Plus Thai's have no fear and dont know when to stop. They keep going until someones out cold or dead. But next to USA statistics Thailand is a Sunday picnic.
Its a developing country and you need to accept that. My first trip to Thailand was with the Yellow Guide Book warning me of all the dangers of Thailand and looking back I did see some scary things. But Sydney Australia has s**t going down every day. Pack attacks and rapes is common and so it happens in countries where this is a huge police presence.

Talking to a friend about this fight in Hua Hin it can be said that rarely is this behavior unprovoked. Rarely are people attacked like this for no reason at all.
If you watch the video you will see dad and mum relentlessly pursue the Thai people. Dad never let up and even grabbed the guys arm to keep the argument going and then punched him. Then mum with her barrage of abuse and then a bitch slap.

One thing you dont do in Thailand - is cause a Thai to lose face.