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A small protest gathering in Pattaya’s Jomtien Beach last night turned ugly when one of the protest leaders targeted and assaulted a 52 year old Russian expat who was watching on with his 10 year old daughter and Thai wife. The tall Thai man in the floral shirt, named as Narathiwat “Kane” Khamma, became agitated and started yelling obscenities at the man, challenging him directly… “why the f**k you live in Thailand?”, “you can go f**k yourself” and other expletives. The full incident was captured by The Pattaya News.

Watch the full incident HERE.

The rally involved a small group of anti-government protesters who had set up a stage on the beach promenade. The Russian man wasn’t the only foreign man watching on whilst the protesters spoke.

The verbal assault culminated with a head butt to the smaller Russian man. Although the Russian man’s nose started bleeding, it appears he held his ground, signing to the other people in the crowd that he was OK. He waited with his daughter until police arrived.

Exactly what the foreigner may have said to provoke the situation isn’t fully understood from the video. It may have been his mere presence as a foreigner that set off the protester. Both men ended up at the Pattaya Police station.

You can watch the full exchange, courtesy of The Pattaya News, HERE.

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    gosport

    November 9, 2020 at 9:23 am

    If this is not evil, it is devil.

    It may have been his mere presence as a foreigner that set off the protester. It is not protester, it is rioter.

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    SG666

    November 9, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Exactly the kind of advertisement LOS and specially the protestors need at this moment. This story will go viral and the amount of nails in the Thai tourism industry will increase, not that there is many left to damage anyway.

    Need to admit thats a goodd question asked from the Thai guy…,why the fxxx you are living in Thailand ?,…

    There are many many nicer and cheaper places offering better life style, better food, better people etc. etc…

    8 month to go and than good bye LOS for good

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    sam thompson

    November 9, 2020 at 10:02 am

    The behaviour of the two main aggressors was reprehensible, cowardly, rude, crude and downright disgraceful. You can hear the screeching ‘fishwife’ voices in the background [all encouraging their anti-social behaviour] and the main ‘fishwife’ putting her middle finger up in the face of an innocent young girl is just atrocious. The Thai thug is simply a bully, a coward and needs to be prosecuted for quite a serious assault, jail time would definitely be appropriate given the circumstances and context.

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    Fabian

    November 9, 2020 at 10:22 am

    “It may have been his mere presence as a foreigner that set off the protester.”

    There were many witnesses, there was police. But it wasn’t clear what happened. Right. Looks more sensationalism to me than decent journalism.

    My interpretation:

    Obviously it was neither smart nor good of the Thai guy to headbutt the Russian man. However, I’m not buying that the mere presence of the Russian man led to the event. First, that just doesn’t make sense. Second, the man has provocative body language. Already early in the video after 1 minute) the camera is focused at him, where he seems agitated himself. Probably he already did or say something that agitated the Thai people.

    He was just standing there in the situation like “I’m not going anywhere.. this is my place”. If he wanted to avoid conflict he would have stepped back, but that wasn’t his intention. After he got a headbutt he was not just showing to people he was OK. He was clearly showing “look what this guy did to me”. Again provocative.

    The daughter of the Russian man was really upset. Instead of stepping back with his daughter he kept standing in the middle of the conflict. Looks to me like provoking was more important to him than the well being of his daughter.

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    Jack

    November 9, 2020 at 10:57 am

    The global shut down are orders from above. The world is running out of oil. The global economy was crashing. The federal reserve was injecting hundreds of billions of freshly created dollars into the market last Sept. Then they rebranded the flu as “covid-19”

    There will be no return to global travel for any one but a few wealthy. Soon, food will be the hard thing to get, forget a vacation.

    Adapt2030 on YouTube explains what’s coming.

    Oh, we’re heading into a mini ice age via a grand solar minimum.

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    Manu

    November 9, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Fabian, I agree with you..

    1- The russian guy (and/or his wife…) clearly fuelled this by saying something and standing there with an attitude. We will never know what he (and/or she….) said.

    2- These protests are supposed to be peaceful. The Thai guy should have controlled himself and not turn into violence in any way. Guilty! – and he seems eventually to try to run away from the scene to avoid facing his action: guilty and coward!

    3- I feel sorry for the russian guy’s daughter, clearly (and rightly) traumatised by the violent event, the only real victim there.

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      Issan John

      November 9, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Two wrongs don’t make a right and the head butt was totally out of order, but the Russian clearly deliberately provoked the incident.

      What he said to provoke it appears to have been edited out, as does one of the Thais who can be heard saying “You said …” then that’s also edited out. It’s rather odd that the camera focuses on the Russian from when he arrived, before anything happens, almost as if the photographer knew he was going to provoke an incident.

      … also odd that despite the numbers there, and the police and several community police right on the spot, nobody heard what was said.

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    Kim

    November 9, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Im disgusted that Fabian condoles physical assault, just because an alleged adversary has “provocative” body language in his view. I dont agree with your perception and the fact that this thug assaults this man, comes to show the intellect and behaviour of the mob and people who resort to violence.

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      Fabian

      November 9, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      Kim.. I don’t remember seeing a Kim here before.
      To me you sound like a troll who is here to discredit the protesters. Anyway, I’m disgusted by you twisting what I said. NOWHERE did I say I approved of what the Thai guy did. I said the opposite.

      But when say something like “comes to show the intellect and behaviour of the mob and people who resort to violence” it clearly shows you have chosen sides against the protesters.

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        Kim

        November 9, 2020 at 2:43 pm

        fabian, the only troll around here is you and how can it be my fault you have a none existent memory? Again you just quoted “…and people who resort to violence”. Yes, when the protesters resort to violence, then I dont support them, but obviously you do, which clearly evidences your deranged and disgusting mentality. I would not be surprised if you come from a country where this exact action from protesters is the modus operandi.

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          Fabian

          November 9, 2020 at 3:22 pm

          Wow… Still accusing me that I support what the Thai guy did. And assuming I come from a country similar on protests (which is complete bullocks). Your eloquent words don’t compensate for your twisted logic. You are just making a fool of yourself.
          *CASE CLOSED*

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            Kim

            November 9, 2020 at 3:47 pm

            fabiano, I know its difficult for you and your kind to comprehend that there are individuals which have move forward to the 21st century and dont need to resort to violence in order to promote their cause; sadly you continue to evidence your ignorance and complete lack of a moral compass and one can only pity you – I certainly dont hope you have kids. As you continue to dig your hole deeper and deeper, then you are indeed better off leaving this thread. Please dont beat your girlfriend and/or wife and/or kids and/or dog, simply because you are incapable of articulating yourself. As a closing note, then I do agree that foreigners should not interfere with domestic Thai politics, however, its laughable that the protestors use cardboards written in english – for what purpose?

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      Issan John

      November 9, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      Looking at it on the “big screen” rather than my mobile it was a disgraceful display by all involved, and while it doesn’t justify or excuse the head butt in any way it wasn’t ” just because an alleged adversary had “provocative” body language”.

      Before Kane even got involved a number of Thais had loudly told the Russian to “go home”, “get out”, and “take your baby go back home” in reaction to something he’d said, and his wife and daughter, in tears, had tried to push him away;
      that was followed by the “finger-pointer”, and more encouragement from his wife and daughter to leave, with him instead pushing forward;
      that was followed in turn by first one then two local security who tried to come between him and the increasingly irate locals and move him gently away, but again he refused and barrelled forward;
      when confronted by Kane he very clearly said to him “ALL YOU CAN DO IS TALK”, waving his hand over his mouth.

      None of that excuses the head butt in any way, but if he’d been a Thai doing that at a similar protest in Russia he’d have been very lucky to have been carried away on a stretcher without serious injury.

      Before he arrived the protest was peaceful and good humoured; after he arrived, and coincidentally becomes the focus of the cameraman’s attention then says something that evidently upset a lot of people which the cameraman somehow missed, things changed.

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        B

        November 10, 2020 at 10:28 am

        sounds like you’re making an excuse for these nasty, violent mobs who demand free speech for themselves but attack and now assault anyone who criticizes them.

        The sooner these mobs end and the leaders and sponsors uprooted, jailed, or sent to Dubai the better.

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          Sara

          November 16, 2020 at 9:40 pm

          @B
          I totally agree with you : demonstrators demand free speech for themselves but attack and now assault anyone who criticizes them. Leaders of these demonstrations and agitators demand free speech but only for them. If ever they seize the power, even partly, they will forbid their opponents and maybe jail them.
          This video proves that they have free speech in Thailand : my country is falsely considered as a “democracy” but demonstrators and speakers we see in this videos would be circled after 5 mn by the Police and jailed. It’s not the case here.

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        Mike Frenchie

        November 10, 2020 at 5:57 pm

        Lol, soon you will say that the Russian guy was the guilty… and what do you know about demonstration in Russia John Issan? Baseless statement…

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    Buttaxe

    November 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    The only thing ‘crime’ that is incontestable is the racist POS grown woman giving the finger to a child. SHE, and her ilk, need naming and shaming. Get her name and picture, post it everywhere.

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    Perceville Smithers

    November 9, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    1. Don’t attak if when a kd is there.
    2. Would he have done it if the foreigner was younger and fitter?
    3. Don’t antagonize protesters.

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      Tony Grace

      November 9, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      Free advice.
      Don’t get involved in other countrys political issues when you are a guest or living on a visa in that country especially when there is conflict and the country is divided on its opinion, old saying goes eyes and ears wide open mouth shut.

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        7.62mm of darwin

        November 10, 2020 at 4:41 am

        That is really sound advice. If you are not a citizen of the country your opinion is gratuitous and not needed and may well offend….so keep your hands in your pocket and your mouth zipped shut

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    Issan John

    November 9, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    According to the Bangkok Post and Bangkok Herald he had also gone up to the speakers, off-stage, and confronted them although what he said isn’t recorded or reported, and that’s also shown in video and photographs on facebook, and that’s what started the argument and unpleasantness.

    He shouldn’t have been assaulted under any circumstances, but he asked for it – and I mean that literally.

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    Issan John

    November 9, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Quite interesting looking at the reaction to this on Thai social media.

    Lots of sympathy for the young daughter, who’s obviously now going to be “famous” at school.

    No sympathy at all for the “finger-pointer”, who many say should have been charged with threatening behaviour to the girl.

    No sympathy at all for Vladimir, who all say should have minded his own business, who many say deliberately provoked the situation, and who some say should also have been charged.

    Absolutely no sympathy at all for Kane not only for over-reacting but for calling Vladimir’s Thai wife / the young girl’s mother “Northern pussy”, which did not go down at all well, with many telling him to “go back to Bangkok”.

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    Ted Smith

    November 10, 2020 at 5:25 am

    Issan John, thank you for your comments they helped me have a greater understanding of what occurred here,

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      Issan John

      November 11, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      You’re more than welcome, Ted, and thank you but bear in mind that I wasn’t there and that’s only what I was told, what’s on Thai social media, and what’s clearly evident in the video.

      Any sympathy he may have had from Thais, which I get the impression would have been minimal, was well and truly blown with his “Northern pussy” outburst which really annoyed a lot of people.

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    Alex

    November 10, 2020 at 8:52 am

    That’s no way how to handle a criticism. If that’s how you behave then you will win NO ONE over. But the BIGGEST idiot is definitely the Russian father. Dude you are an IDIOT and a horrible father. Your wife was there, your daughter was there, and you were just taunting a mob. You deserved it, you are lucky that’s all you got. You scared your daughter to death, and you scared your wife by putting them in that situation. Take care of your family first you idiot, before you take on cause you have no idea about.

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    Ray K.

    November 11, 2020 at 3:06 am

    He was just trying to Make Thailand Great Again.

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    AI

    November 11, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Jeez, why not just keep on walking by or at least start voicing opinions – and especially against what is a highly charged emotional events currently taking place?
    Shame on the Russian and also for the fella who made the physical assault.
    Shame also on letting that young lass experience all of this and also that awful hag who felt fit to give her the finger off.
    It seems that the youngest was indeed the more adult of the whole escapade.

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    Richard Renwick

    November 11, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    52? I’m surprised he has lived as long as he has? Anyone with a bit of sense could see that coming a mile away.

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    Jerrod Valles

    November 12, 2020 at 11:50 am

    The Russian should’ve minded his own business, especially since he wasn’t prepared for that Thai Heat. The Russian was clearly looking for trouble and didn’t pick up on all the opportunities to walk-away, or the signs that the Thai was going to be aggressive.

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    preesy chepuce

    November 13, 2020 at 12:02 am

    Does the Thaiger want us to sympathise with the Russian in this story? Good luck with that…

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    Justice

    November 13, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Okey,
    And what will happened?
    I know,
    Who did the headbutt, He will pay for 2000thb baht as fine refered by Tourist police which I heard. In thai law said maximum 10,000 baht which I heard.
    Pattaya police station some foreign(Irish man) helper will suggest you go home in peace. I still sick of him.
    Victim Russian has to try harder, hire lawyer and must be related with “notorious honor law and family” . I hope he make the digonose paper in private hospital in expensive as proof including mental,physical and with family mental health but they will not give it to you and they will say to you that police will catch it.

    You should keep visit and try as Россия power and for family. I am not sure hire the lawyer is right or not.

    I hope to know the right consequences later.

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