It is hardly unprecedented, but it has been a while since a forum on democracy unleashed such a great anti-democratic blowback.
The forum was last week in Ulan Bator, where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra made an unusual analysis of the state of democracy in Thailand. Her words and her manner drew criticism that reached harsh and patently offensive levels. And then things got worse.
The tipping point was an unfortunate Facebook post by Somchai Katanyutanan, better known as "Chai Ratchawat", a cartoonist for the Thai Rath newspaper. The post compared prostitutes (favourably) with "an evil woman [who] sells the nation". This nastiness, offensive on several levels, spurred a protest by women in red shirts.
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