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Thailand: Emergency Decree Pretext for Crackdown

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Click to expand Image Riot police march towards pro-democracy protesters near Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, October 15, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe (Bangkok) – The Thai government’s declaration of a state of emergency in Bangkok is a pretext for a crackdown on peaceful demonstrations, Human Rights Watch said today. Since the declaration of a state of emergency on October 15, 2020, the police have arrested at least 22 activists, including several protest leaders, in front of Bangkok’s Government House. “The Emergency Decree provides the Thai government with unchecked…

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