Uniformed and plainclothes officers have fenced off a plaque commemorating a teenager who was shot dead seven years ago during the government’s crackdown on red shirt protesters. Officers loitered around as loved ones commemorated the boy’s passing.
Phansak Srithep has finished a long walk from Chiang Mai to Fang District to report to local police following complaints lodged against him by a monk with whom he had a heated dispute on Facebook over political conflicts.
Samaphan Srithep or Cher, 17, was fatally shot at Soi Rang Nam on 15 May. His elder sister wrote about him on her Facebook. I often thought of him as a “badly brought up” kid. He was annoying, impertinent, had a gift of bad timing. He was also provocative, and a bit unhinged. I had even thought that if he carried on this way, he would probably “die before he has lived.”