Student leader Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal is calling on the South Korean government stop selling all crowd control devices to the Thai government.
In an open letter to the Korean government, Netwit referenced the Thai government’s crack down on student protests on October 16 which used high pressured water cannons supplied by the South Korean government to disperse unarmed student protesters.
The letter referenced the use of chemical laced water that caused injury and harm to the student protesters, something that has been confirmed by an association of healthcare workers.
Many of the protesters dispersed by the water trucks and water cannons were under 18 years of age.
According to Netiwit, the water trucks were sold to Thailand in 2012 at a price of 25 million baht per vehicle. Its use in Korea led to the death of a protester in 2015.
Do not forget these images. The Thai government cracked down on unarmed student-led protesters last night.— Thai Enquirer (@ThaiEnquirer) October 17, 2020
Watch police armed with batons, riot shields and water cannons advance on student positions.
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