Sickening video - British tourists viciously assaulted in Thailand - targeted for being Westerners
Thursday, 28 April 2016
WARNING: DISTRESSING FOOTAGE The family were knocked unconscious after they were 'deliberately targeted because they are Western tourists'
An alleged victim who was caught up in an attack on a British family in Thailand has spoken of the moment he raced in to help the trio as they were beaten unconscious.
The man, known only by his online username Usual Suspect, claimed the family - a mum, dad and their son - had been deliberately targeted for being Western tourists.
Police released CCTV images of the horrifying attack, which happened while the group were celebrating Thai New Year, in a bid to trace the suspects, after reportedly arresting two men.
The shocking footage shows the moment the tourists became involved in an argument before being punched to the ground, where they were repeatedly kicked and stamped on.
Writing on a Hua Hin forum, the eyewitness, who claims he was also beaten, explained he saw the family leave the bar he had been in all night before leaving with his wife seconds later.
"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.
"The three of them are still hospitalised, and I will need cosmetic dental work done."
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The attack happened in the early hours of April 13 during Songkran festivities, which is when Thais celebrate new year.
The British family had enjoyed a night out in the beach resort of Hua Hin - located 250km from the capital of Bangkok - when they were involved in an argument.
The trio, all wearing shorts and sandals, appeared to be trying to reason with the men who had approached them.
But suddenly a Thai struck the British man in the head and the incident quickly developed into a full-blown melee.
The woman - believed to be in her 60s or 70s - can be seen trying to sit back up but as she raises her head off the ground she's kicked straight in the jaw, instantly knocking her unconscious.
Just seconds later all three Brits were lying prone on the ground.
Another person, who claims to have witnessed the assault, posted on a separate forum claiming they overheard a group of Thai men saying they were going to attack "farangs" - a Thai term for Europeans.
They posted: "It happened last night at 2am when a group of Thai men who were over heard saying they were there to attack "Farangs", attacked a elderly couple leaving a bar."
"A Good Samaritan who stopped the beating of one of the victims, a 65-year-old woman, was also beaten. It is believed the men were gang members.
"This happened about one block from the Hun Hin police station.
"Please use caution tonight in the bar areas of Hua Hin as the stated purpose of the people responsible for the attacks is to attack foreigners. They are still at large."
Local police are sharing the video footage to help arrest those responsible.
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They reportedly have two of the attackers in custody and are trying to identify two more.
Anyone who has information or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact officers at Hua Hin police station.
The current condition of the three victims is not yet known.
Hua Hin is a seaside resort on the Gulf of Thailand, which is popular among Bangkok residents, and according to locals, has seen a rise in crime recently.
The Thai island of Koh Tao has been subject to scrutiny after six Westerners died under suspicious circumstances in the last year.
Among those were backpackers Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, whose bloodied bodies were found on a beach after being repeatedly struck with a hoe in a murder that shocked the island.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Our staff have been in contact with the family to offer assistance, and we will remain in contact with local authorities.”