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The issue of Thai kids with guns on Children’s Day has been slammed by foreign media as “inappropriate”.

kids_with_guns_thailandThai media has said that foreign news organizations have suggested that allowing children to handle guns and military hardware was not right and “encouraging the use of force”.

The foreign media suggested the issue had caused much online condemnation.

Blogger Richard Barrow and the BBC’s Jonathan Head were in agreement that it was not a good idea, reported Manager in Thailand.

And one commentator went even further suggesting that it was encouraging Thai children to mount a coup.

Manager said in their report yesterday that the activities were part of fun for Thai youngsters at military installations on Children’s Day on Saturday.

But that foreigners took it much more seriously.

They reported that well known blogger Richard Barrow was critical of allowing children to handle weapons. They said that Jonathan Head of the BBC agreed with him.

They had suggested this presented the Thai army in a bad light, said Manager.


They said that Jerome Taylor of AFP tweeted that it had been a good opportunity for the Thai army to encourage “use of force”.


They reported that Gwen Robinson of educational organization ISIS in Myanmar wrote: “Mummy – when I grow up I want to overthrow the government” (translated from Thai).

Manager said that the RT news agency of Russia showed a video of Thai children being shown how to fire a war weapon and that the Russians had said this was criticized in the western news media.

But Manager intimated that it was just some fun on Children’s Day.

Thai Visa / Manager Online

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