ASIA/THAILAND - Children's Day "playing with army weaponry"

Monday, 16 January 2017 minors  


Bangkok (Agenzia Fides) - In Thailand, since 1955, Children's Day is celebrated on the second Saturday of January. During this day children visit the seat of government, Parliament, they go to natural parks, participate in concerts and street events. However, the small "celebrate" this anniversary "playing" with real army weaponry. In fact they visit military barracks, where vehicles and military weapons are exhibited. This year, Saturday, January 15, one of these events ended in tragedy when a Saab 39 Gripen fighter crashed after performing a simulation attack maneuver under the watchful eyes of children. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 16/01/2017)