Those Who Protect

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From Manager, May 29, 2016
Left: This man uses buffaloes as armor.
[In the picture, Thaksin is protected by red buffaloes. The buffaloes represent the Red Shirts which act as political muscle for Thaksin and his family. Referring to a person as a buffalo is an insult. However, Red Shirts have turned this tradition around by embracing the comparison at times.]

Right: This man uses lotuses (under water) as armor.
[In the picture, Dhammakaya temple’s abbot Dhammayacho is protected by lotuses. Buddhist lore symbolically divides people into four kinds of lotus. The one which is under the water refers a person who is very stupid and does not open their minds to learn anything. Thus the cartoon ridicules adherents of the Dhammakaya sect.]

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