Pattaya Daily News

29 January 2009 :: 19:01:29 pm 39261

Hyped Up Internet Gangs A New Cause Of Concern For Pattaya

Following our report of the attack on an Australian by a rowdy gang of Thais from an Internet shop in Pattaya, further investigation has shown that unprovoked attacks on innocent victims by young Thai gangs, hyped up from playing violent online games, are becoming a disturbingly common occurrence.
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These attacks are not confined to Pattaya. In Hua Hin, another popular tourist destination, in October 2008, two men were beaten up while they were paying their bill in an Internet game shop. The two victims said they didn’t know their attackers and had no idea why they were beaten. One of the victims just made a cursory glance at one of the gang members.

“It was just a quick, accidental look, like you would do to anybody. They just walked toward me and started to attack. I was trying to fight back but 6 of them attacked two of us, impossible”, he said. “I needed 37 stitches. I hope the police do something soon”.

Reporters interviewed the victim’s father who said there are gangs in Hua Hin, riding motorbikes along the road and looking for victims to satisfy their needs. This gang named “Boy Devil”, they are very well known to the locals.

The man said, “I don’t understand why we have gangs in Hua Hin. This is a tourist town – we should keep the town safe and clean instead of a town of gangs. Most of them are Internet game players”.

Gang violence and intimidation is also prevalent in Ayuthaya where Thai TV Channel 3, yesterday, has reported the case of a young man beaten up and seriously injured by a gang of 15. He had allegedly given police information about local drug dealers. Police have shown CCTV footage of the gang attacking with long pieces of wood, and even though their faces are clearly visible they have so far made no arrests. The fear and intimidation spread by these gangs both in and outside Pattaya must be stopped and we urge the authorities to take action before the situation becomes worse.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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