From Manager, April 6, 2015
Left: Clear all homeless dogs out… The PM will visit our province tomorrow.
Caption: When the PM visits other provinces.
Right: Clear all red buffaloes out… The PM will visit our province tomorrow.
Caption: …visit Chiang Mai
[When Thaksin was PM, a scandal arose when it was alleged that orders had been issued for all stray dogs to be cleared from cities when he visited. One province was alleged to have gone further and euthanized all the stray dogs in the area ahead of Thaksin’s visit.
Chiang Mai is known as the province where Red Shirt groups hold sway over local life. Thus, the PM’s visit to Chiang Mai would necessitate officials shooing away the Red buffaloes who oppose the junta and its attempt to eliminate Thaksin influence from Thailand.
To refer to a person as a “buffalo” is an insult meaning they are stupid. Here it is used to refer to the pro-Thaksin Red Shirts.]