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Water Buffalo Banned For Impersonating Politician

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American leaders rather like being portrayed as donkeys and elephants. But when protesters in Indonesia paraded a water buffalo with the president's name sprayed on it, he got mad. Even though the buffalo is a presumably proud symbol of Indonesia's peasant farmers, the president took it to mean he is "big and stupid." So he banned all animals from street rallies. Now the protesters complain that the country's leader can't deal with criticism.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

American leaders rather like being portrayed as donkeys and elephants. But when protesters in Indonesia paraded a water buffalo with the president's name sprayed on it, he got mad. Even though the buffalo is a presumably proud symbol of Indonesia's peasant rice farmers, the president took it to mean that he was, quote, "big and stupid." So he banned all animals from street rallies. Now the protesters complain the country's leader can't take criticism.

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