Chil­dren charged un­der junta law

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TWO eight-year-old girls have been charged un­der a dra­co­nian Thai junta law for tear­ing down voter lists for an up­com­ing ref­er­en­dum, po­lice said on July 23, as au­thor­i­ties go to in­creas­ingly bizarre lengths to muz­zle dis­sent.

The junta is de­ter­mined to see a char­ter it drafted pass in the Au­gust 7 polls and has out­lawed crit­i­cal dis­cus­sion of the doc­u­ment with a 10-year prison sen­tence.

Cam­paign­ing of any kind is also banned and au­thor­i­ties have al­ready ar­rested or warned scores of peo­ple for hand­ing out crit­i­cal leaflets or wear­ing “Vote No” T-shirts.

The eight-year-olds fell foul of the law af­ter con­fess­ing this week to tear­ing down voter lists out­side a school in north­ern Thailand be­cause they liked the pa­per’s pink colour.

The pair have been charged with “ob­struct­ing the ref­er­en­dum process, de­stroy­ing of­fi­cial doc­u­ments and de­stroy­ing com­mon pub­lic prop­erty”. –

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