A Thailand native, who goes by the username “Usual Suspect” on the internet, says he was roughed up trying to help a couple and their grown son, celebrating the Thai New Year, escape from thugs.
He described the happenings of that night on an online forum, saying he was walking with his wife and tried to intervene and stop a youth who was beating the woman, but ended up attacked himself.
"Within 20-30 meters of leaving the bar, the Thais were punching the 65-year-old old lady in the face," he wrote.
"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," he continued.
"I got severely punched and kicked for my troubles, but felt the need to protect this frail lady.”
He added that he was hurt in the fight and will need dental treatment.
Another witness claims he overheard a group of Thai men saying they were going to attack the foreigners.
The video below shows the horrifying altercation:
Police released the CCTV footage of the attack hoping to trace the suspects, two of whom were reportedly caught by the Thai police.
The footage shows the tourists getting in to an argument that turns violent when the goons start hitting them. The woman is hit first and then the two men with her also get hit. They can be seen getting repeatedly kicked and stamped on till they fall down, apparently unconscious.
The three victims are still in hospital but recuperating.
Thailand is a popular tourist destination. Though sexual assaults and unprovoked attacks are not as rampant as petty crimes, like purse snatching and pick pocketing, such incidents have been reported during festivals and around bars late at night.
Australian author John Stapleton, a frequent traveler to the country and where he finally settled in 2010, offers strong words to tourists in his book, “Thailand: Deadly Destination.”
“The rapid growth in Thai tourism has been a triumph of advertising and image creation; building the perception, firmly entrenched in the West, that Thais embrace strangers,” he writes. “In reality, the relations between ethnic Thais and foreigners are often difficult; and there has been growing friction and disengagement, a drift from curiosity to contempt, as visitor numbers have increased.
“Life in Thailand is cheap. And the deaths of foreigners often go unlamented; even unrecorded. Tourists are still given few warnings of the reality of the situation they are entering,” he adds.
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