Pro-democracy activist accuses Thai director of slapping and punching her

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A prominent pro-democracy activist accused a Thai director of assault following a cultural event in Bangkok on Sunday evening. According to a report from Coconuts, Rukchanok Srinork, aka “Ice”, took to social media to accuse Yuthalert “Tom” Sippapak of slapping her in the face and kicking her in the stomach.

Rukchanok says she filed a complaint against the director, after she was assaulted when she met him to discuss personal matters. It is understood that the meeting took place on a boat around 9:30 p.m., after both parties attended a riverside event, Jam Factory. Rukchanok then posted on social media, accusing Yuthalert of slapping her twice in the face and kicking her in the stomach.

The director has not publicly responded to the allegations, which has led to the trending hashtags #NanaIcezGotAssaulted and #TomYuthalert on Twitter. Most internet users have expressed their support for Rukchanok, calling on him to file a complaint. Human Rights Watch’s Sunai Phasuk reacted angrily, pointing to Thailand’s already poor record on violence against women.

“Last night I had already left the event when I discovered (the assault). I was very sad, angry and disappointed with (Yuthalert’s) behavior. Physical violence is unacceptable. Evil is evil. These actions must be dealt with from end to end.

Coconuts reports that Sunday’s Knack Market event at the Jam Factory was well attended by leading artists and activists, including Tanat Thanakitamnuay, a die-hard former royalist turned pro-democracy activist. Tanat lost my sight in his right eye after being hit by a tear gas canister during clashes with police at a political demonstration in Bangkok last August.

THE SOURCE: Coconut


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