Barbarism was already here

your say January 17, 2014 00:00

Re: "The soul-destroying nature of Suthep's crusade", Letters, January 15.



Pranorm Suko laments that a large section of our community, by legitimising the “dirty tactics” of Suthep Thaugsuban, has taken Thailand another step backwards toward barbarism.
I have a couple of stories to share.
Recently in Chiang Mai, when a group of anti-government protesters came out on the streets and blew their whistles, an opposing gang savagely beat them and chased them away.
A little while later the same gang drove around the city shouting through a microphone, “Those who want to blow their whistles, come out and blow. You can blow on my feet too!”
In another incident a young student was chased and beaten by the same gang in the middle of the street in front of Thapae Gate – for wearing a wristband in the colours of the national flag.
No arrests were made over these incidents.
I relate these stories to remind Panorm Suko that barbarism is already present in many parts of Thailand.
Vint Chavala
Lamphun