Farmers burn effigies of Kittirat, Niwatthamlong

Upset by the caretaker government’s delayed payment and ignorance of their troubles, angry farmers today burned the effigies of two cabinet ministers and then dumped them into the Chao Phraya river in an ancient Cambodian superstitious rite to curse them.

Farmers today burnt the effigies of finance minister Kittirat na Ranong and commerce minister Niwatthamlong Boonsongpaisan in front of the Commerce Ministry in a Khmer superstitious rite to curse the two politicians.  The effigies were made of rice straws.

In performing what they said was an ancient Cambodian superstitious curse, the two effigies have their heads cut off with a sickle first and the bodies were lit with fire. After the effigies were burnt to ashes, they put the ashes into an earthen pot and then dumped into the Chao Phraya river which is behind the ministry.

Farmers also put pressure on working commercial officials to return home today

They first planned to dump paddy in front of the ministry same as their colleagues  yesterday to the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives when they dumped 16 tons of paddy in a sarcastic protest against the bank. However they called off the plan and performed the cursing rite instead.