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Indonesian president bans buffalo protests

05 February 2010 [16:10] - TODAY.AZ
Sensitive Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has banned buffaloes from being used in widespread street protests against his leadership - because he thinks they're an insult directed at him.
Angry Indonesians have used the beasts to ridicule him for failing to tackle corruption.

The ban, issued on Wednesday by Jakarta police, applies to all animals and follows a rally last week in which protesters tried to parade a water buffalo with Yudhoyono's name spray-painted on it through the city's main traffic circle.

‘They said that I am like a buffalo – big and stupid and slow in moving,’ said the president.

'That statement is not ethical or moral, and to use a buffalo can violate other regulations, like traffic laws,' he added.


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