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Two nights ago in the village of Ban Tai two masked men entered the property of a German long term resident of Koh Phangan, Mr Beckman, and subsequently beat him. When he fought back they pulled out a gun and released two rounds - one of which entered his body. He survived this attempted murder.

The reason he was attacked is that via his website forums at kohphangannews he has launched a peaceful campaign with support of Thai Ban Tai local residents to try to have the closing time of the parties in Ban Tai where he resides controlled as none of the Thai locals can sleep. This includes half moon, shiva moon, black moon, jungle experience parties.

This campaign was ignored for many months by the officials of Koh Phangan who were trying to keep the parties running to what ever time they liked ... then officials in Surat Thani called a meeting and controls were put in place.

Since he started the campaign on his website and in the local community, Mr Beckman had been recieving threatening phonecalls from Thai's men, a number of gunshots were made outside his property, some Thai people came and threatened him and now he has been shot. He is lucky to be alive.

Kohphangannews explains in more detail the lead up to this event.

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Am I imagining this or have some posts already been deleted from this thread including one from sbk?

If so, why?

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Am I imagining this or have some posts already been deleted from this thread including one from sbk?

If so, why?

Believe that was a different posting which OP requested to be closed

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Am I imagining this or have some posts already been deleted from this thread including one from sbk?

If so, why?

Believe that was a different posting which OP requested to be closed

yes i believe there was another thread running....

but when you take a look at the website and the story he wrote including pictures :o , you play with fire and you get burnt ......

One golden rule in Thailand is never interfer with something goverment related or mafia related and publise it ...... ( sad fact but true )

But i hope the Mr Beckman makes a full recovery.

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Am I imagining this or have some posts already been deleted from this thread including one from sbk?

If so, why?

Believe that was a different posting which OP requested to be closed

Per OP request, the thread was closed and deleted.

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seriously what do you expect.this is thailand,dont meddle in things you cannot posibly win.

They did it the Thai way. :o

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Am I imagining this or have some posts already been deleted from this thread including one from sbk?

If so, why?

Believe that was a different posting which OP requested to be closed

yes i believe there was another thread running....

but when you take a look at the website and the story he wrote including pictures :o , you play with fire and you get burnt ......

One golden rule in Thailand is never interfer with something goverment related or mafia related and publise it ...... ( sad fact but true )

But i hope the Mr Beckman makes a full recovery.

I agree. Don't try to use civilised methods. The only thing they understand is their own methods.

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seriously what do you expect.this is thailand,dont meddle in things you cannot posibly win.

I agree entirely. Unless this poor German guy was being directly affected by the noise, why would he want to do anything. And, if the noise was bothering him, he should have moved (if at all possible).

I don't know when westeners will ever get it through their thick heads that taking strong action against Thais in general will get then into trouble (maybe even dead). Thais often solve disagreements with others especially foreigners with extreme violence and/or property damage.

This is not a country where westeners can sit down and have a frank, open and civil discussion with a Thai to sort out their differences in a mature and reasonable fashion and expect to come to some mutual and fair understanding and solution. For too many Thais the solution is to put a bullet through your head.

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All my solidarity to mr Beckam and Kohphangan news.

He's brave enough (or reckless?) to write something against the party mafia.

But he reminds to me Don Quixote, fighting agains the windmills.

Alla my best for a fast recovery and follow to write on KohPhanganNews!!

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Alla my best for a fast recovery and follow to write on KohPhanganNews!!

I think a lesson should be learnt here ! .........

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...don't mess with local affairs.. or bear the consequences!

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I used to live in Ban Tai. Yes the noise was bad on some nights, depending on the direction of the wind, but I took this as part and parcel of living in Ban Tai. I could have easily moved to any one of the millions of quieter destinations on the island, but Ban Tai suited me and the noise was a negative I could cope with. I feel infinitely more sorry for the locals who have their family houses within the noise polluted area and do not have the option to move as a westerner would, however I think standing in for these people's views (as a westerner) is a mistake.

Everyone knows about the corruption in Thailand, and everyone should know not to get involved with locals with infinitely more power than them. I feel very very sorry for Mr Beckman, but feel that his fight was futile. It is widely recognised that the police are clamping down harder and harder and eventually the parties will die out. This is not due to one westerner's fight but due to the Thai police's increasing desires for control over nightlife, drugs etc. When or if these parties are eventually cancelled (as is the widely held belief) the local tourism trade will be the first to suffer. This is more harmful to Phangan than the parties. Don't bite the hand that feeds.

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The shiva moon, half moon, jungle experience and Black moon parties bring a very tiny fraction of the tourists that attend the full moon party. I seriously doubt that the removal of one or a few of these parties would have the deleterious effect that you suggest.

In fact, the main complaint that I heard was that these parties are constant. Not one a month but the half moon, twice, shiva moon and jungle experience apparently whenever they decided to. A the meeting Beckman attended it was concluded that each group was allowed one party a month.

Beckman was just one of many people living in the area involved. Most of them are local thais who do, indeed, have no choice as to moving.

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