Very hard to say what is actually occurring here. It could be supposed "pirates" being executed (illegally) or, more likely for my money
, the murder of slave workers lately aboard one of the fishing
vessels in question, but thrown overboard
to be killed for some infraction. I suspect an internal dispute within the vessels, but the fact that it was casually recorded and celebrated does speak to the idea that such violence for these men
must be pretty commonplace. In SE Asia
there is a serious problem with slave labour and abuse and violence aboard fishing
vessels, with rumours of murder aboard not uncommon. Unfortunately there is not a lot to go on here. I found the video utterly compelling and horrific, and the article informative but frustrating as the author appears not to be a seafarer and the investigation and discussion rather general and vague. Certainly I have been STERNLY warned off any trajectory towards Taiwanese/Chinese fishing vessels in random areas of the Pacific in the past, and try to steer clear of fishing vessels in general. Whether such incidents represent a clear threat to cruising sailors is much harder to say still… though I have to say I have encountered precious little evidence of it outside the one random and sad incident of the death of Malcolm Robertson by desperate Burmese escaped slave fishermen.