PAD skips elections, likens all candidates to animals


While most see Thailand’s July 3 election as a choice between the ruling Democratic Party and the Puea Thai opposition, the People’s Alliance for Democracy – better known as the “yellow shirts” – says there is a third choice: vote no to both.

The group, which once backed the Democrats against Puea Thai and its “red shirt” cohorts, now likens politicians on both sides to farmyard animals in provocative new campaign posters around Pattaya.

With a tag line that reads, “Animals should not be allowed in government,” the PAD banners depict seated politicians as a dog, monitor lizard and buffalo. With a message that all politicians are corrupt, the PAD throws in a tiger and a monkey with a banana for good measure and urges people to check the “No” box on their ballot in a protest vote to choose no one.