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Attacked with acid in Bangkok

  • somtam2000

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    Last night, a friend of mine (and an early Travelfish.org researcher), artist Elizabeth Briel, and her husband were attacked by some lowlife on Asok road in Bangkok.

    Acid, or industrial cleaning fluid was thrown on both of them from a skybridge overpass. The attack has damaged her husband's eyes and burned her scalp.

    In a remarkably measured blog entry, Elizabeth has posted about the experience here.

    Disturbing enough as a one-off, the hospital said this was the third recent attack of this kind they'd seen.

    I'm really quite lost for words.

    #1 Posted: 16/9/2011 - 16:58

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  • SBE

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    Terrible, simply terrible. Thank god he didn't lose his sight.

    #2 Posted: 16/9/2011 - 18:15

  • busylizzy

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    That's horrendous. And I was just reading eastwest's post about no one needing to start a 'How safe is Thailand?' thread.

    #3 Posted: 16/9/2011 - 18:19

  • eastwest

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    That is indeed a terrible story and I wish them all the best. Remarkable well written also but that seems not important now.

    It is an ironic coincidence that my last post relates to this yes and I hope that somtam follows my suggestion to include a safety thread as a sticky for each country. Given the number of views on the Cambodian topic I'm sure it's a concern to everyone.

    #4 Posted: 16/9/2011 - 18:56

  • swag

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    Disgraceful act, I,m sort of lost for words. As has been said very balanced moving response to the incident written by the lady concerned. At home here we have incidences of people throwing rocks from over passes onto fast moving cars with tragic consequences, the sheer madness of that resonates well with this tragic event.

    #5 Posted: 17/9/2011 - 07:09

  • KhowNeow11

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    Its a shocking and sobering event, though the victim is quite right in writing that this could have happened to anyone, anywhere. This is not to say it wasn't a totally despicable act, because it clearly was, but there is also very little - if anything - the two could have done to avoid it. The couple are experienced, well educated inhabitants of South East Asia, and no safety thread could have protected them in this scenario.
    Danger itself is inherent in traveling, and in life in general. That being said, knowledge is power, and the more that people know about how to stay safe in this country or any other, the better able they will be to avoid foreseeable danger.

    #6 Posted: 17/9/2011 - 12:53


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    What kind of a low life ******* does something like that? I've seen it back home, where kids throw rocks over an overpass to hit a car... In Darmstadt a lady was killed from this kind of crap. I hope the police are able to apprehend the perpetrators.

    #7 Posted: 18/9/2011 - 00:21

  • Tennouji

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    Seemingly random acts of violence are always so shocking. The motivation is unfathomable.

    Best wishes on your recovery, Roy.

    #8 Posted: 18/9/2011 - 11:50

  • Captain_Bob

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    I'm staying home with my helmet on the visor down and the motor running...

    #9 Posted: 18/9/2011 - 13:47

  • kfchris1

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    Shocking!! Thank god he didnt loose his site!

    #10 Posted: 20/9/2011 - 23:16

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