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An online petition to seek justice for the handicapped breadseller killed by a gang of six youths in Bangkok on May first has raised 23,000 signatures.
The main aim of the petition is to change the charge that the youths face from one of killing with intent to a charge of premeditated murder reported Daily News
The attack happened in the Chok Chai four area of northern Bangkok. Thirty six year old Somkiat Srichan who had a leg handicapped was attacked with knives in broad daylight. Four of the six attackers, who have all been held, are children of police officers at Chok Chai station. A girl has also been held for egging on the men.
The petition was started by an ordinary member of the public, Chakrakarit Meechai, and originally had a target of 25,000 names. In six days he managed to get the names of 23,000 people on the www.Change.org site.
The case has outraged the Thai public. Police have assured the public that justice will be done but many people are concerned that the charge should be one of premeditation even though police have said they are not sure they have sufficient evidence to make that stick.
Many members of the public who have seen the video clip of the Sunday morning attack think otherwise.