(From AFP)

Thai authorities have confiscated nearly 6,000 red bowls bearing a message from an ousted ex-premier, a police officer said Sunday, in the junta’s latest attempt to block the resurgence of the political party it toppled.

The message printed on the side reads: “The situation may be hot, but brothers and sisters may gain coolness from the water inside this bucket.”

The seizure followed the arrest last week of a woman seen posing with one of the bowls in photos on social media. She has been charged with sedition, a move described by a rights group as absurd.

The plastic scoops, used for pouring water in Buddhist ceremonies during Thailand’s upcoming new year, bear a note signed by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose political bloc has spent the past decade vying for power with a military-backed elite.

Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 coup and now lives in exile, while the government run by his sister Yingluck was toppled by the current junta in 2014.

The bowls — in the Shinawatras’ signature red colour — were first distributed at a temple fair last week in the northern province of Chiang Mai.

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