Raksak Kongtrakul was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time last week when a gunman shot him dead at the construction site of Thailand’s first steel smelting plant in southern Prachuab Khiri Khan Province. The 36-year-old male had taken a temporary job as a construction worker for Sahaviriya Steel Industries, Thailand’s largest steel firm, to support his wife and eight-year-old daughter. Tragically, he was caught in the crosshairs of an ongoing battle between supporters and opponents of a huge five-phase $15.1 billion steel smelting project that had recently broken ground on the first phase.

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