The Thai Amabassor to New Zealand is advising the Thai community in Auckland to take care after attacks and deaths among the Thai community.
In one incident, a bound and gagged Thai woman died after she fell from a moving car, in another a Thai national was attacked in her Henderson motel room…
A 50-year-old Thai woman, Jindarat Prutsiriporn, died from injuries after she escaped gagged and bound from a moving car early in March, and a teenager was last week charged for allegedly attacking another middle-aged Thai woman in Henderson…
Yesterday, the ambassador visited the woman who police said suffered a “laceration” to her hand after she was attacked in her motel room.
He said there had been four or five cases of attacks on Thai nationals over the last five years, including the two incidents this month…
“My advice to the community is to just be very careful and try to avoid the areas in Auckland that may be dangerous or not good to visit.”
No arrest has been made in relation to the Prutsiriporn case, and police have stopped asking for the public’s help.” source
A 17 year old youth has been arrested for the motel room attack. He was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and possession of crystal meth/utensils. The Thai woman was a visitor to New Zealand and was cared for by family members after discharge from Middlemore Hospital. source
The ambassador’s comments come at a time when the Chinese community has also expressed its outrage over attacks on its students living in Auckland. The Chinese Consulate-General this week demanded action be taken to improve their security.
Whistle-blowing Waitemata and Gulf ward councillor, Mike Lee, has breached protocol and spoken-out against the continued charade that Auckland is a safe city. At a crowded meeting at the University of Auckland, held in response to the recent violent attacks of international students, he said there was conflicting information over the safety of the city:
Gangs of violent offenders frequent the city centre
“There’s two messages coming out – that Auckland is incredibly safe ‘but don’t go there, don’t go there, don’t carry this and don’t carry that’.”
“Auckland is not incredibly safe … it’s not safe at all, it needs to be safe and it can be safe, and together we will make it safe.
“But the people who must lead this are the New Zealand Police … the gangs of violent offenders who frequent the city centre … need to be cleaned up once and for all,” he said.
Gangs are young women with male minders
“It’s not just background noise crime, it’s a serious problem. There’s a racial aspect to it because these kids are seen to be reasonably well-off, and they’re small, and these people are bullies so they pick on them,” he said.
Lee said the gangs seemed to be composed mostly of young women with male minders.
The attacks were giving Auckland a bad name internationally, he said.
“This is bad for those kids, it’s unacceptable in a civilised city, but also it’s giving Auckland a bad name all around the world because it’s big on Chinese social media, and that’s seamless, that goes all through the Chinese diaspora.” …
Chinese students seen as ‘rich pickings‘
Auckland University Chinese Student Society (AUCSS) president Phillip Wang said Chinese international students might be being targeted because criminals thought they came from rich families.
“I think it’s more like a stereotyping thing. I think people think international students, or Asians in general, are rich, or have rich families. I think the criminals, they want to target international students or Asians in general instead of other people.”
Other Chinese students at the university were scared to walk home at night, Wang said.
“They said they’re really scared to study late at night now, they want to get home early. Their parents are concerned as well.” source
Update: Police have identified the woman as a 50 year old Thai migrant who lives in Auckland, she was critically injured in the attack and died late last night in Middlemore hospital . Her immediate family have been informed and have asked for the media to respect their privacy. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.
Police are still hunting for two people who were involved in the incident, are appealing for the public’s help but have released very little detail about what happened or speculated on a possible motive.
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