Mob Lynch and Stab Road Rage Driver in Bangkok
MOB LYNCH AND STAB ROAD RAGE DRIVER IN BANGKOK – With the political storms raging in Bangkok, with the remit of overthrowing the current Government, many now view Thailand as a wholly lawless and corrupt society.
It must be noted that it is the right of any citizen, in a democracy, to protest peacefully but the ongoing protests have been anything but peaceful as both Yellow Shirt and Red Shirt supporters continue to perpetrate violent crimes on one another in order gain the political advantage.
Thai society is anything but democrat, most simply are unable to grasp and understand the concept and in a country where the police can be bought off it shouldn’t be surprising when citizens take the law into their own hands.
Thai justice, at least how Thais see it, was once again played out on the streets of Bangkok after a lynch mob captured a bus driver, fatally stabbed him and then lynched him.
According to the Thai Police, Sirisak Saengsri, 19, died in a police hospital after being stabbed four times.
It was alleged that Sirisak Saengsri stole a mini-bus and went on the rampage, crashing into some 12 vehicles, including four taxies, a motorcycle and a fruit vending cart during a road rage incident in the heart of Bangkok.
Police are yet unable to determine who stabbed Sirisak Saengsri as the CCTV footage shows a large number of people attacking him.
This is not unfortunately an isolated incident; again when the people cannot rely on the police with clear evidence that they are often paid off, is it little wonder why members of the public take the law into their own hands and medley out punishment on the spot?
Read any story of a motoring accident in Thailand and it quickly becomes apparent that it is standard practice for the driver of the offending vehicle to flee the scene; most give themselves up to the police within 24 hours.
The fear is that it would be irrelevant if it was a mere accident in the eyes of locals for they will extract their own style of justice right on the street; often leaving the one responsible for the accident either severely beaten or dead.
Recently on the holiday island of Phuket a Russian driver hit a young 16 year old boy on his motorcycle at 1am; the Thai boy wasn’t wearing a helmet, wasn’t legally permitted to drive and police concluded he died at the scene.
The Russian driver didn’t stop but rather fled the scene and shortly after caught a flight out of Thailand back to Russia.
It might appear inconceivable that an accident would drive someone to take such drastic measures but the issue here is one of a failed justice system; for within hours of the announcement the boy’s parents were calling on the police to bring the Russians to justice and demanded they pay compensation of at least 1 million Thai Baht (approx £19,000).
Many feel that this was more about money than it was about seeking justice and disturbingly nobody, including the police, appeared willing to consider that this was merely an accident and that the actions of the Russian driver was a direct consequence of the failings of Thai justice.