Going after kids II

A tragic report at Prachatai sounds like something from the 1960s or 1970s. It reports that:

On 17 March 2017, soldiers and other security officers of Pha Muang Task Force deployed at a checkpoint in Mueang Na Subdistrict of Chiang Dao District in Chiang Mai Province summarily killed Chaiyaphum Pasea, a 17-year-old Lahu ethnic minority.

The soldiers claimed that they found certain amount of amphetamine in the car Chaiyaphum was sitting in and that he was resisting the authorities to arrest him by pulling out a knife before running into a bush.

The security officers added that when they found the suspect in the bush he was about to throw a bomb at the soldiers, so they shot him.

The only civilian witness to these events is in custody (and in grave danger). The report explains Chaiyaphum’s background:

The killing of Chaiyaphum raised many questions because he was an active youth activist who participating in many events to promote the rights of ethnic minorities in Northern Thailand.

On 15 March, he was among the 19 youth representatives of ethnic minorities who attended a youth activist forum organised by the National Institute for Child and Family Development in Bangkok.

He was also awarded a prize at the 16th Thai Short Film and Video Festival for a short film called ‘Belt and Comb’ and several of his short documentaries were broadcasted on Thai PBS.

The late activist is also a gifted song writer who composed ethnic folk songs about his communities.

This does not sound much like a drug-taking, knife wielding bomb thrower to us. Like probably every one else, we cannot help bu think that this is just one more murder by the military state. Expect military denials, even more ridiculous stories and claims by them and impunity for the murderers.

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