Thailand: Military must halt reckless use of lethal force
Thai soldiers must immediately stop firing live ammunition into several large areas in Bangkok where anti-government protesters are gathered, Amnesty International said today.
“Eye-witness accounts and video recordings show clearly that the military is firing live rounds at unarmed people who pose no threat whatsoever to the soldiers or to others,” said Benjamin Zawacki, Amnesty International’s Thailand specialist. “This is a gross violation of a key human right–the right to life”.
“Deliberately firing live ammunition at unarmed people, whether they be protesters or otherwise and who pose no credible threat to anyone else, is unlawful”, said Zawacki. (statement from Amnesty International)
Better late than never. The pressure is probably mounting on thai authorities. It might explains why the army didn’t launch the assault monday, after setting up a deadline for evacuation at 3 PM.
Let’s see if it’s only a pause, or a genuine truth in order to start again negociations.