British teacher on the verge of death on day 40 of the hunger strike against a hotel chain


A Briton is said to be on the verge of death as he ends the 40th day of his hunger strike following a lawsuit against Marriott Hotels.John Shepherd, 62, has been involved in a battle with the hotel chain since 2008 after building a parking lot next to his apartment in Thailand.

Shepherd said in his most recent video: “I have very little or no body fat left and this will probably be my last and warm farewell. ”

He says that if he dies during the hunger strike, Marriott will have “allowed him to die.”

The former school teacher, who previously worked for Harrow International School in Bangkok, now lives in east London where he refuses to eat.

He was arrested but later released by the police for defamation after writing letters to local newspapers in 2012 to complain about the sewers and the unplanned parking lot.

John Shepherd, 62, is on the 40th day of hunger strike at his home in East London

He claims to have lost his apartment in Bangkok because he decided not to return, fearing that the Thai police would issue a new arrest warrant against him.

Shepherd allegedly claimed £ 3 million in damages from Marriott for the alleged harassment the company vigorously denies.

Shepherd said in a video, “If I die, perhaps the first death on hunger strike to protest corporate wrongdoing, Marriott will have knowingly and callously watched and allowed me to die without intervening. ”

Minor International is the company that started construction of the St Regis Hotel in Bangkok in 2008.

John Shepherd, 62, has unresolved complaint against Marriott hotels

Control of the operation was then transferred to Starwood, a global hotel operator, which then merged with Marriott.

Marriot says the hotel is chain operated but has different owners.

Mariott CEO Arne Sorenson met with Shepherd and asked for a “fair for both parties” resolution.

But Shepherd would be adamant that the company is harassing him – claims they’ve denied.

A Marriott spokesperson denied The Times that they had opened a police investigation against him.

“We have given Mr. Shepherd many opportunities to justify his allegations against us – which he could not do,” they told the newspaper.

The spokesperson stressed that the Minor hotels, not the Mariott, were responsible for the construction of the St Regis hotel – and that all complaints should be dealt with by them.

The Mirror contacted Marriott Hotels for comment, but no one was immediately available.

Reverend Lady Sarah Mullally called for resolution

The Bishop of London, the Very Reverend Lady Sarah Mullally, urged the compassion of the hotel chain after the fate of Mr. Shepherd was revealed.

“Given his current situation and his fragility, I am writing to urge you to speak to John again,” wrote Dame Sarah.

“It would surely be tragic if he ended his life because he saw no other solution. ”

A company spokesperson said, “Marriott International is dismayed that Mr. Shepherd is choosing to die for a grievance arising from the construction of a hotel adjacent to his condominium residence in Bangkok, Thailand.

“The hotel was built and owned and is still owned by a third party, yet Mr. Shepherd has focused in recent years on allegations against Marriott, the operator of the hotel, in connection with his real estate dispute.

“He has never filed a lawsuit or lawsuit against Marriott regarding this dispute.

“Instead, he launched a campaign to harass and disparage Marriott and sought to extract millions of dollars from the company by threatening repeated hunger strikes.

“The company is unwilling to accede to Mr. Shepherd’s unfounded requests for money and has repeatedly urged him to find another way to go. “


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