Archive for the 'Thailand' Category

THAILAND – Thai police end 6-hour standoff, subdue knife-wielding hostage-taker with rarely used Taser (2012-04-05)

Posted on April 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: In a story getting reported very widely, the apparent “appropriate use” of the taser in Thailand – where is its very rarely used – is clearly getting a lot of mileage. Given the unreliability of tasers, the story could easily have ended up with the hostage dead. Interestingly, according to this report, […]

CANADA – Toronto: “Ultimate Tazer Ball combines shock and soccer” (2012-02-09)

Posted on February 9 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Whether true or a hoax on the Internet, this report – unsubstantiated so it should not have been broadcast by the CBC, without more research – confirms the trivialization of “tazers” – generic models, generic models in this case, with a clear link to their major sales-location: Thailand. Interested?: See the YouTube […]

USA / THAILAND – U.S. Marines Teach Thailand to Use Tasers & Neurotoxin Spray (2011-06-17)

Posted on November 6 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : BANGKOK, Thailand — U.S. Marines have finished training Thailand’s military and police to use electroshock Tasers to inflict “intense pain,” shoot a blinding neurotoxin spray, and explode non-lethal grenades, one year after Bangkok’s army unleashed snipers and armored personnel carriers against an anti-coup insurrection in which 91 people died.] Scoop.nz, by Richard […]

AUSTRALIA – Black-market taser trade tied to clubs [unclear if actually TASER products] (2011-10-22)

Posted on October 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : “Tasers” – it’s not clear whether these are TASER Inc. products or the term is used in the generic sense – are illegal in Australia outside of the police. They are readily available on the black-market in Sydney: in bars and clubs and are increasingly being carried as security weapons by drug-dealers, […]

THAILAND / UK – Thailand tourist put stun guns in post to himself (2011-10-15)

Posted on October 15 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: How to get a taser if you live in a country where they are banned for the public? Easy! Get it sent by mail. But in this case the term “taser” appears to be used generically: “The court was told the items operated as torches until two metal pins were added, which can […]

UK – Police blog: Stun Guns – Criminals’ New Weapon Of Choice (2011-10-13)

Posted on October 13 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS. A posting on the unofficial British site “Police Oracle” says criminals are increasingly choosing illegally-acquired stun guns as their weapon of choice, interesting information on how easy they are to buy in Thailand. Should the police be worried? Yes. Should the police themselves have these same stun-guns. Irrelevant.]] Posted on the unofficial […]

THAILAND / USA – Multilateral non-lethal seminar begins in Thailand (2011-06-09)

Posted on July 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : The US military – typically the Marines –  acts as a proxy salesman for TASER Inc. in many countries, introducing and encourageing adoption of the taser by military (and police) forces. In this case “a demonstration of non-lethal techniques taught during the U.S.-Thai bilateral training of Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar (NOLES) 2011.” […]

THAILAND – US gives Thailand some non-lethal lessons (2011-06-17)

Posted on June 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Among other”non-lethal” weapons, US military personnel are training Thai military and police in the use of tasers to be able to combat insurrections such as happenned a years ago: “United States Marines have finished training Thailand’s military and police to use electroshock Tasers to inflict “intense pain”]] Asia Times online, by Richard […]

THAILAND – US, Thai militaries begin non-lethal training (2011-06-01)

Posted on June 2 2011 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : US Marines and Special Operations units provide training to Thai police and military in use of tasers and other non-lethal weapons, starting May 30, ‘strengthening military-to-military ties’ …]] Defense Video and Imagery Distribution Systems (DVIDS), Story by Sgt. Heather BrewerSmall III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs Marines and sailors with Special […]

FRANCE / SWITZERLAND / THAILAND – Six Lyonnais arrêtés en Suisse en possession de 42 Taser [Swiss police arrest 6 people from Lyon (France) leaving country with 42 tasers] (2011-02-03)

Posted on February 3 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: On 3 February the Swiss police arrest 6 men aged 20-25 from Lyon in France leaving Geneva by train with 42 tasers “42 pistolets à impulsions électriques Taser” (and masks of Ben Laden & Lenin and “Scream” !). The tasers were, according to the Swiss border police purchased in Thailand in a […]

THAILAND – Norwegian Man Robbed at Taser-Point by Pattaya Youths (2010-09-30)

Posted on September 30 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is a far-from unique case of Thai criminals (youths, in this case) using “tasers”: no confirmation whether the term is being used to describe TASER Inc. products or generically. Thailand is a major hub for the world arms market, both semi-legal and illegal.]] Pattaya, the 29th of September 2010 [PDN] A […]

THAILAND – Thai military taser Hmong refugee in head (2009-08-13)

Posted on August 13 2009 by admin

Press Release: Hmong Advocate … Thai military taser Hmong refugee in head, gag children Last Sunday morning, just two days after a U.S. Embassy delegation visited Hmong refugees in Huay Nam Khao camp, the Thai military shot refugee Shoua Lor in the head with some sort of taser gun. Shoua Lor and six other refugees […]