Connect with us

Phuket

Red Shirt leader hails Phuket’s ‘Ae Inside’ as ‘brave, fearless’

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Friends, family and colleagues paid their final respects to slain reporter Wisut “Ae Inside” Tangwitthayaporn during an emotional cremation ceremony at Wat Kosit in Phuket Town this afternoon.

Mr Wisut, an investigative reporter and head of the “red shirt” political movement in Phuket, was ambushed and shot dead by two assailants near his Rassada home last Thursday.

Mr Wisut’s body arrived at the temple following a procession from Kajornrangsan Temple on Ranong Road in Phuket Town, with scores of funeral wreaths from numerous organizations and agencies on the island.

Outside the crematorium was a billboard covered with copies of various editions of Mr Wisut’s bi-monthly political journal Inside Phuket, along with a pile of his last-ever edition, which bore the headline “Flying Sor Kor 1”.

The lead story is an exposé of an alleged grab of government land at a prime seaside location in the Nakalay hillsides of Kamala through falsification of documents to obtain fraudulent title deeds.

The top of the billboard read: “The fearless reporter who never feared death – Ae Inside”. Also included on the billboard was a photocopy of the police mugshot of Noppadol “Pae” Praisri, who has confessed to being the man who transported Mr Wisut’s assassin to the ambush site in return for a payment of 50,000 baht.

The religious ceremony this afternoon included an offering of robes to the monks who attended.

Among those making offerings were:

  • Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha
  • Phuket Court Acting Chief Justice Attakarn Foojaroern
  • Thai Rak Thai Party Phuket Election Office Director Karan Panichpichetwong
  • Phang Nga Deputy Governor Kanti Silapa
  • Phuket Public Prosecutor Chainan Ngamkajornkulkit
  • Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Chalit Kaewyarat
  • Former Phuket Provincial Administration President Dr Prasit Koeysiripong
  • Siangtai Daily newspaper publisher Chaowapong Mekkerakul
  • Former PPAO Vice President Wisut Santikul.

Several eulogies were given by friends, including one that recounted Mr Wisut’s days as a technical school student living near Surakul Stadium.

Forced to walk to school every day because he was unable to afford a bicycle, the young Mr Wisut used to collect scrap metal during his daily walk and sell it to junk dealers for coins. Using this approach, he bought bicycle parts piece by piece until he eventually managed after two years to build a bike for himself, the lifelong friend recalled.

The account evoked tears from Mr Wisut’s surviving family, which includes an in-law from Sweden.

After the eulogies, Red-shirt leader Thida Thawornseth, who came down from Bangkok to attend, made a statement to the press.

“Mr Ae was a very brave man. First, because he was fearless in his reporting. Second, because he was openly a red shirt supporter, which is rare in the South – this is not a ‘red-shirt’ area.

“To do what he did was very dangerous. Some people in Thailand still solve problems in barbaric ways. This is an indicator of an undeveloped country.

“I want to pass this message on to all people in the media: to report all facts truly and accurately without fear.

“Those who think differently than those around them, should be able to walk freely through society without fear of repercussions,” she said.

— Stephen Fein / PGTV

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

What you get for $X7 hours ago

What $100,000 buys you for a condo in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Hua Hin

Thailand9 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Activists plan protests all across Thailand

Thailand10 hours ago

Snitching on parking space hoggers could earn you 5,000 baht in Thailand

Sponsored17 hours ago

10 Best Seed Banks that Ship Cannabis Seeds Discreetly to You (Free US Shipping)

Weather10 hours ago

Storm Noru weakens from typhoon to depression as it moves across Thailand

World10 hours ago

Suicide bombing in Afghanistan hits students preparing for exam

Politics11 hours ago

BREAKING: Prayut reinstated as Prime Minister of Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Technology11 hours ago

What role for Thailand in China’s great European EV invasion?

Cambodia11 hours ago

Cambodian delegation in UK to seach for stolen treasures

Thailand12 hours ago

20 baht notes printed with errors, says Bank of Thailand

Crime12 hours ago

Loan shark bombs debtor’s house in southern Thailand

Thailand13 hours ago

Thai researchers develop flood-resistant rice strain

Press Room13 hours ago

Southeast Asia’s hospitality leaders step into the ring to fight for sustainability at PHIST 5

Crime13 hours ago

Horrified relatives attempt ID of disfigured suitcase victim

Travel13 hours ago

Things to do in Bangkok that cost next to nothing (2022)

Travel14 hours ago

5 best spa treatments in Bangkok to pamper yourself this September – October

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending