Tailandia - Intimidation at International Women’s Day Rally

Police officers intervened in a rally held in Bangkok by workers from Try Arm, an underwear company founded by labour activists promoting fair labour conditions, to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2016. The officers confiscated a banner used by the group with the message “Stop [taking] civilians to the military court” and another banner promoting rights to abortion and elections, citing Section 44 of the Interim Constitution which gives them absolute power to maintain national security. The officers also attempted to verify the identities of workers to see if they were Thai by checking their ID cards. The police did not detain the workers, but said that the confiscated banners would be used as “evidence”.

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