Taxi driver beaten by protesters

A taxi driver was beaten by a group of anti-government protesters after he complained about traffic congestion on the Vibhavadi-Rangsit road after it was blocked by demonstrators late Thursday afternoon.

According to a report by Springnews, the taxi driver was beaten unconscious after he asked the protesters to open the road. The attackers also used a wooden plank and steel bar to damage the taxi. 

A video clip uploaded on Youtube by a user under "New station K News" shows the protesters hitting the vehicle, the driver on the ground with a bleeding head and a rescue team trying to help  and take him to hospital.

Other postings on the social media claimed the taxi driver had thrown a home-made bomb from his car, but many people commented there was no evidence to back up the accusation.

According to a post on Facebook by  Nithiwat Wannasiri, the driver's name is  Phet Chusrikhwan and he is now in a stable condition at Phra Mongkut hospital. He has bruises and head injuries from being beaten. The doctor also removed a rusty nail from the left side of his head.

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Discussion 1 : 28/12/2013 at 06:27 AM
You are kidding right? The taxi driver was obviously frustrated due to the disruption caused and unfortunately voiced his frustration. This was the trigger the thugs were waiting for. The Molotov cocktail defence was stated purely to create justification for their violent reaction.
Discussion 2 : 28/12/2013 at 05:10 AM
let me get this right, the violence and the tension is caused by Suthep and the protestors, and because of the tension caused by Suthep and the protestors, the army chief hasnt ruled out a coup against the Government??? Am i missing something?
Discussion 3 : 27/12/2013 at 05:21 PM
Suthep and the Democrats would do well not only to disown those involved but offer generous cash rewards to anyone who provides information leading to their arrest. . Those with helmets and sticks were there intending this kind of behavior before the taxi came along.
Discussion 4 : 27/12/2013 at 01:37 PM
Utterly appalling and unacceptable. As a Thai citizen I am deeply ashamed of such behaviour. We have also seen images of police vandalising cars believed to belong to protesters. Expel them from the police force immediately. Contempt of the law cannot be tolerated.
Discussion 5 : 27/12/2013 at 12:59 PM
Hopefully people on both sides will rise above politics and support the police in apprehending and imprisoning the animals responsible for this.
Discussion 6 : 27/12/2013 at 12:38 PM
sorry, that is unacceptable, from any side. no matter what the provocation.
Discussion 7 : 27/12/2013 at 12:05 PM
Peaceful demonstration, Are you joking?
Discussion 8 : 27/12/2013 at 12:05 PM
More evidence of sutheps peaceful protests
Discussion 9 : 27/12/2013 at 11:12 AM
Thailand is on the brink of an explosion. So big even a coup won't restore the wounds inflicted. foreigners are weary, knowing fully well the tied could change in an instant. Scape goats like a taxi driver and an out of control police force.....are the 'best' proof of my fears!
Discussion 10 : 27/12/2013 at 10:47 AM
Those peaceful and democratic fighters are getting every day more credible.
Discussion 11 : 27/12/2013 at 10:34 AM
Might check all sources, as it was said he threw a molotov cocktail at the protesters... Don't know if true or not.

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