Amnesty Urges Probe into Shooting of Child Protesters in Thailand

Human rights group Amnesty International urged Thai authorities to investigate the shooting at protesters in Bangkok on Aug. 16 after confirming that three children were injured by live ammunition.

Amnesty reported that a 15-year-old boy who was at a demonstration outside a police station in Bangkok is in a coma after being shot in the head.

Amnesty added that two more child protesters, 14 and 16, were wounded during the shooting.

“The use of live ammunition against protesters is a deeply concerning development,” said Amnesty’s Asia-Pacific Deputy Director Emerlynne Gil.

Gil added that Thailand must investigate “all reports of excessive and unnecessary force by police against protesters over the past year,” and prosecute whomever is found responsible.

Anti-government protests continued to spark in Bangkok over the recent weeks in response to Thailand’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as part of a mass movement to reform Thailand’s monarchy.

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