Trans-tussle: Video captures fight between Pattaya and Phuket transwomen (video)

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In a scene straight out of a Russ Meyer movie, a video recently went viral depicting a violent clash between a group of ladyboys in Soi Bangla, Phuket, and a squad of transwomen from Pattaya.

Pictures and videos of the altercation were shared widely on Thai social media. In one video, a group of transgender women confront another transgender woman wearing a blue blouse.

One of them, wearing a black dress, attacks the woman in blue, kicking, hitting, and pushing her onto the road while her friends egged her on. The woman in blue responds with verbal insults and attempts to leave the scene.

The DailyNews reported that the incident took place in front of an entertainment venue called New York Bar in the Soi Bangla at about 3.30am on May 14.

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Patong Police Station officers summoned six transgender women involved in the fight for questioning today, May 15. One of them, Susie, claimed the woman in blue started the argument for no reason.

Susie explained that she was sitting in front of the New York Bar when the ladyboy in blue approached and stared at her before asking Susie why she looked back. According to Susie, the ladyboy asked her to apologise.

“Don’t you know who am I? Apologise to me!”

Susie said that she and her friends were angered by the woman’s behaviour, which escalated into a fight. She further added that the woman seemed drunk and mentioned her origin from Pattaya.

The Superintendent of Patong Police Station, Chalermchai Hernsawat, told the DailyNews that the transwoman in blue did not file a complaint. However, the six transgender women admitted to the physical assault. So, each of them was fined 1,000 baht for voluntarily engaging in a physical altercation.

A similar incident occurred in Soi Bangla earlier this month when a group of transwomen attacked a foreign man for allegedly slapping one of them. Neither side took legal action against the other.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at petch@thethaiger.com.

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