Never insult the president of Zimbabwe or the Thai king on their birthdays.
On Wednesday, police arrested a carpenter in Zimbabwe who made a comment at a bar questioning whether President Robert Mugabe still had the strength to blow up his birthday balloons, the Associated Press reports. It is Mugabe’s 88th birthday.
Four thousand miles away in a Bangkok courtroom, a Thai man was found guilty Wednesday of insulting the monarchy during several public speeches, the Telegraph reports. Surachai Danwattananusorn told the Bangkok Post that he believed his most inflammatory comment was a question about why the king did not appear for his birthday speech in 2008.
Zimbabwe and Thailand both have controversial laws based around the concept of “lese-majesty,” which makes it an offense to insult the government’s leadership.