Prime Minister cutouts a highlight of Thailand's Children's Day

From Reuters - January 13, 2018

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai children posed on Saturday with life-sized cutouts of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as the cardboard figures of the junta leader made an appearance at the annual Childrens Day festival.

Thai barracks and government offices traditionally open their doors to children on the second Saturday of January, allowing kids to handle weapons. Children visiting Government House also got a chance to sit in the prime ministers chair.

The 18 figures of the prime minister were set up around Government House. They show him in a variety of poses - including kicking a football and a boxing pose.

Prayuth drew fire from rights groups this week when he jokingly set up one of the cardboard figures up in front of a microphone and told reporters that if they had questions they should ask this guy. Then he walked off.

Wansu Chai-aree, 14, is one of the many Thai teenagers who on Saturday posed for pictures with cutouts of the Prime Minister, who he refers to affectionately by his nickname Tu.


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