Man beaten unconscious, suffers severe brain concussion during Songkran

Man beaten unconscious, suffers severe brain concussion during Songkran
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BANGKOK - A young man who sustained severe brain concussion in a brawl during the Songkran celebration on Saturday in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district has regained consciousness.

Meanwhile, police may soon issue a summons for his rivals to face punishments, said Muang Nakhon Ratchasima precint superintendent Pol Colonel Patiyuth Singsomroj. The young man remained under close medical surveillance, he added.

The incident, in which a drunk reveller was attacked in the middle of Jom Surangyat Road by a group of rivals until he lay unconscious, and was caught on camera, with the video clip going viral on Thai social media.

The unconscious man was rushed to hospital, Provincial governor Wichien Chantharanothai had previously urged the public to remain sober and drink moderately as they celebrated Songkran from April 13-15.

There are many reports of drinking-related brawls.

Splish, splash – tourists and Thais get wet and wild

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    The Songkran festival is under way, with foreign tourists joining Thai revellers for the Thai New Year water-splashing celebration. The festival runs from April 13-16 but in many places celebrations started on Thusday.

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    Thais could be seen sprinkling water on Buddha images for blessings and later taking part in huge water fights.

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    This year there is a campaign encouraging participants to celebrate in traditional Thai costumes. The campaign emerged after the mega-hit TV drama “BuppeSanNivas” (“Love Destiny”) influenced Thai citizens to adopt the traditional dress worn by actors and actresses in the series.

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    Another tourist attraction in Phuket’s Patong Beach, Bangla Road was crowded with many soaked tourists. 

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    And in Bangkok’s Khao San Road area, one of the most popular spots for Songkran revellers, many tourists joined in a huge water fight. 

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