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VIDEO: Phuket taxi driver ‘bricked’, in ICU, after street brawl with Russian big bike tourists

PHUKET: Four taxi drivers were injured, with one still in intensive care, in a street brawl with tourists, who are believed to be Russian, on big bikes in Karon on Sunday afternoon (Oct 23).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 25 October 2016, 11:44AM

Tourists look on as a Phuket taxi driver is moved to safety from the middle of the road. Image: Screengrab

Tourists look on as a Phuket taxi driver is moved to safety from the middle of the road. Image: Screengrab

One of the taxi drivers, who remains in the ICU at Patong Hospital, was reportedly hit in the head with a brick.

Lt Nipon Temsang of the Karon Police confirmed to The Phuket News that four taxi drivers involved in the brawl were injured, while the tourists suffered only scrapes and bruises.

“We were told that Russian tourists were revving their motorbikes very loudly and the local taxi drivers asked them to stop making such a loud noise, and this may have started the fight.

“However, right now I cannot tell who caused the incident. We are still investigating and will seek justice for both parties,” he said.

Witnesses told The Phuket News that during the initial confrontation, one of the tourists threw a brick that hit a taxi, resulting in one the taxi drivers who was standing by to approach the foreigner.

Details given to The Phuket News were vague, but the taxi driver was reportedly hit in the head with a brick in the ensuing confrontation.

A segment of the brawl was caught on video by a bystander, who shared it through the phone app Line under then name “Anan (mario)”

The clip starts with a foreign man brandishing a piece of wood about one metre long while standing over a Thai man lying on the road.

Four Thai men flee the scene while a second foreign man tries to restrain the first, and takes the piece of wood from him and throws it away.

The wounded Thai man lying on the road is helped away from the scene, then a Thai woman picks up a brick up from the middle of the street and threatens to launch at it the shirtless foreigner, who was initially holding the piece of wood.

Eight Thai men then run onto the street to join the affray, with three of them carrying their own sticks. Taunts become blows, but the exchange finally peters out.

Witnesses told The Phuket News that the incident happened at about 2:40pm on Kata Rd, near the main three-way intersection in Kata Centre.

Taxi driver Sangown Saeing, 36, said he and his friends were waiting at the taxi queue at Kata Centre when a group of tourists on big bikes drove past at speed, inspiring one driver to yell at them to slow down because the road is narrow.

“One of them turned around and started using abusive language at us,” Mr Sangown said.

“I walked toward him want to explain but he pushed me to the ground. All my friends saw the incident and came to help. Four of us were injured. One is at the ICU at Patong Hospital while the other three are out of the hospital now.

“We have already filed a complaint with the police about the incident,” he said.



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Nasa123 | 27 October 2016 - 12:30:30

I hope more off this scum Tuk Tuk drivers ending in ICU, this it`s a only Chit people some scaring tourist every day. I live here fore 9 Years and now many Tuk Tuk drivers and they only laugh at the tourists here in Phuket and how stupid they are. Look at the movie and look how many Tuk Tuk driver + another Thai and hi think he are Bruce Lee. Every Tuk Tuk in Karon and Kata this a now are only scu...

swerv | 27 October 2016 - 07:41:20

Kurt: what are you waffling about AGAIN? These were tourists not residents. Whether you are an expat resident or a tourist you are still a GUEST in this country.

Joe12 | 26 October 2016 - 20:43:02

So there was a brawl in Karon? What's the big deal? It's a bit like when a motor accident gets reported, everyone wants to put their silly 5 baht worth of nonsense to print. 

Rorii | 26 October 2016 - 17:16:02

Does anyone know what actually took place, we know we can't rely on the media to find out.
"“One of them turned around and started using abusive language at us,” Mr Sangown said, I am guessing the Russians speak thai, or the taxi driver understands Russian, the third option, they all speak, and understand, English, or was it the usual Thai excuse, we misunderstand.

Kurt | 26 October 2016 - 16:33:22

I guess  these thai cowards, with their bars, sticks, etc, not realize that many foreigners go to these thai fighting schools and don't take the thai transport mafia nonsense anymore. 
That is good, hopefully get the thai a bit more in a civilized railing. As the RTP doesn't.

Seen that thai guy on the video, taking of his shirt, put that on the greenplated taxi, and start than a bit &#...

Ed Sanders | 26 October 2016 - 14:44:16

Thank you for your kind words ematt, and I have absolutely nothing against the behavior of your average or typical Thai citizen (except their driving skills), but taxi/tuktuk/minivan scum regularly exhibit the worst behavior...rude, angry, inconsiderate, arrogant, bad tempered, dishonest, impatient, reckless, and seemingly above the law (mainly because there is no law enforcement).  Many many Thai...

Kurt | 26 October 2016 - 14:04:50

ematt, Sorry to say, but when you watch the video, it speaks for itselves.
And a foreigner with a resident status, probably pay taxes ( many thai don't pay taxes), is not a guest.
It is xenophobic to name such foreigner a 'guest' as you do here.
And yes, many of us foreign residents know a bit more of things than tourists do.
Do not deny that.
Tourists are guests.
The 'overwh...

ematt | 26 October 2016 - 10:46:20

@Ed Saunders, the generosity of your spirit overwhelms me. Of course as a foreign guest in this country, you are an expert on how local citizens should behave...

Timothy | 26 October 2016 - 09:36:15

Many many times tourists have been beaten up by taxi and tuk tuk drivers. Watching the video I would have to say that the taxi drivers kept antagonizing the Russians. The stupid Thai guy hit the big Russian guy in the face first. The Russian then knocked him out with one punch. Are we really to believe that the taxi guys did nothing to instigate this fight? These Russian guys were with their wives...

Ed Sanders | 26 October 2016 - 09:29:18

Love to see the cowardly taxi scum scurrying around like usual, trying to gang up on the bad Russians, but none of them have the courage to get too close to the action.  Frankly, I don't mind seeing tourists beat the crap out of taxi/tuktuk/minivan drivers.  They are the scourge of Phuket, and they deserve everything they get.

samantha | 25 October 2016 - 22:24:37

I don't think Thai people understand how bad it looks when they get in a big group, pick up sticks and other weapons and attack tourists.

What they should do is record what the Russians are doing and call police so the police can charge the Russians.

kimchibogan | 25 October 2016 - 20:44:12

The Ruskis and other farangs in Thailand are an absolute disgrace, it is no wonder why Thais are beginning to despise them. Disrespectful, racist, uncouth and generally scum-like, those vermin should all go back to where they spawned from, disgusting creatures.

spider | 25 October 2016 - 16:30:45

4 Thais, and 4 Russians in an argument and then 8 more Thais coming running out but the Russians still get the upper hand. 12 v 4

smacks | 25 October 2016 - 14:54:25

Oh yes, Russians, such quality tourists!

Asterix | 25 October 2016 - 14:31:54

Russian and Chinese tourists don't spend too much money with local people and those Thais running local businesses or working as self employed do not have enough cash-flow to pay daily expenses and are on the edge of bankruptcy.
So, any conflict or argument between Thais and foreigners may spark violences of packs of dogs fig...

malczx7r | 25 October 2016 - 14:18:15

Whilst i don't condone violence, i find it a bit rich that a taxi driver tells someone to slow down, you only have to witness the dreadful driving of Phuket taxis/minivan drivers speeding, tailgating, overtaking near blind bends to see the irony of the statement!

Kurt | 25 October 2016 - 13:56:38

It is time the Phuket taxi, Van, tuk tuk mafia are getting themselves into 21st Century.
Well dressed, safe driving, no fare cheating. Not taking advantage of tourists after mid night who want to return from Patong to Karon ( asking 1000 thb!),that is criminal.
Not much to ask, yes? 

Kurt | 25 October 2016 - 13:19:11

Wow, the TAT happiness that many Russian tourists are returning to Phuket becomes sour.
The thai entertainment and transport scene has to realize that 'bully time' is over. 
Tourists combine forces, as you can read.

Again, the police reaction:.. We seek justice for both parties.., that is not their job.
Their job is investigating/report/arrest.
The follow up is for the Court of Just...

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