Readers will have seen reports in the media regarding the drought affecting some parts of Thailand. There have been farmers demonstrating and even defying the junta. The military regime has offered payments to farmers not to grow crops and the water supply to Bangkok is seeing increasing salt intrusion.
Yet there are beneficiaries. Over many years, whenever there is cold weather, hot weather, floods or droughts, government agencies are required to provide relief and charity in the name of the king. As can be seen in the picture below, from The Nation, in the current drought there is an opportunity for a propaganda victory.
As can be seen at the Facebook page where the story is found, villagers are required to dress up, stay low, hold pictures of the king and sing out “Long Live the King” while receiving a little water in containers. Oddly, they are all on some pretty green looking lawn.
The purpose is, as ever, to show the king is concerned and to reinforce dependency and hierarchy.