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Thailand

Nearly 300 Minors Charged in Thailand for Taking Part in Protests
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Nearly 300 Minors Charged in Thailand for Taking Part in Protests

In Thailand, nearly 300 minors have been charged with taking part in large-scale protests to demand more democracy. Amnesty International reports this on Wednesday. The human rights organization also expresses concern about the "serious consequences for their future". Among the minors, 17 are charged with lèse-majesté, which in Thailand carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years. Most of the minors charged are on trial for violating the measures around public gatherings originally intended to contain the corona pandemic. The youngest person organized during the 2020 protests is eleven years old. The NGO is therefore concerned about the use of violence against children and the intimidation techniques used by the police, such as putting pressure on their parents. "Children who...
373 Road Deaths in Thailand During the Seven Most Dangerous Days
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373 Road Deaths in Thailand During the Seven Most Dangerous Days

In Thailand, 373 road deaths occurred during what is known as the "seven most dangerous days" of the year.   That is almost 20 percent less than the death toll during the New Year's holiday last year when 463 people died. The Bangkok Post writes that Friday. It is the lowest number in five years. From December 27 to January 2, a total of 3421 road accidents with 3499 were injured throughout the country. Fifteen people died in Bangkok. The leading cause of a large number of accidents during the seven days around New Year is that drivers with alcohol drive on the road or drive too fast. The majority of the vehicles (85 percent) involved in accidents were motorcycles, said Deputy Interior Minister Niphon Bunyamanee. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acquiescence wit...