Southern Thailand: Buddhist monk with guards carrying Uzi, Tavor

A photo and a video of politician-turned-monk Suthep Thaugsuban, now Phra Suthep Prapakaro, being guarded by two men carrying Tavor and Uzi assault rifles sparked criticism and questions from social media users, prompting Suthep’s brother to make an explanation.

Netizens questioned why a monk needed armed bodyguards around him. They also wondered if this was illegal, since Thailand remains under martial law.

Thani Thaugsuban, the younger brother of Phra Suthep and a former Surat Thani MP for the Democrat Party, told reporters on Monday that the photo and the video were taken at a temple in the southern border province of Pattani…

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