Thais take to April Fools by impersonating under-fire government officials

Thai social media users took to April Fools wholeheartedly on Wednesday by impersonating government officials under pressure from their perceived poor response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Thai Twitter users changed their names and profile pictures to match real ministers and then tweet out humorous take on the current situation.

One user impersonated Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit and mocked Jurin’s real-life attempts to ensure that commodities remain available during the Covid-19 outbreak.

“Chicken eggs are running out so eat duck eggs instead. Stop being so dumb, Thais blame the government for everything.”

Another account impersonated former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

“The doctors that came out to blow their whistle and chase away [Yingluck Shinawatra], how do you feel now?” #Anutin. The account was mocking what is seen as a poor response to the outbreak by Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul.

Others were not so subtle. An account, pretending to be Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha had just one tweet.

“I am resigning as prime minister.”

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