Bangkok highway patrol adopts Scary Clown concept

From yesterday’s Times:

Starting out his new administration, the already embattled prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva — the fourth prime minister this year — made a promise to his people last month, ‘I will prove that once again Thailand can be the land of the free, the land of opportunities, and the land of smiles.’

The highway police seem to be as good a place to start as any.

The new cloth masks, which hook behind the ears and cover the mouth and nose, will help “reduce the stress from drivers when they see the police,” said Mr. Somyos, the highway police commander.

To that end, he said, some 200 police booths would also distribute small bottles of holy water, chewing gum and mints…