Red Shirt Publications – April 16-30, 2010

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From Voice of Taksin, April 19, 2010
The headline reads: Blood of the labor class all over the land - Rattanakosin year 229 [this refers to B.E. 2553 or the year 2010], bloodshed during Songkran among three factions - Thai soldiers can do no wrong
Tuak’s [Suthep Tuaksuban] secret love affair with a lady of the court [this refers to a rumor that Suthep has a close relationship with a lady who is part of the royal court - meaning Suthep used this relationship to gain influence with royalty]
At the bottom right the cartoon lady holds a sign that reads: The cruel Songkran Festival

From Voice of Taksin, by Suwit Lertkraimetee, Red Power Editor, April 19, 2010
The headline (at the bottom reads) reads: The Russian Revolution: the anti-royalist gang in the early 20th century
The quote at right reads: The founding of the Duma congress that allows every class in society to participate in each election. 20-25 million scholars, businessmen, trade unionists, labor union booms. The people are active in politics. In a short time, Russia stepped into civil society. These were all factors that destroyed the monarchy.
[This is an article promoting the pro-communist/anti-royal magazine.]

From Voice of Taksin, by great soldier of Khungthon [Thaharn ek Krungthon], April 19, 2010
The headline reads: Politics is about slime
The quote reads: Since humans step away from the age of slavery and the age of hierarchy, man has created a culture of breeding that is considered the nature of living things. This becomes a sense of reverence and tools to build state’s authority, creating and extending the state’s power.
[One guess at what the nude woman refers to.]

From Voice of Taksin, Column: Special report, April 19, 2010
The headline reads: The wicked media ASTV, making profit from royalty
The quote reads: So, the picture on the front cover was invented artistically by choosing the homonym words between “Prai” [labor class] and “Pai” [card] and the idea of one card representing one face to make a significant political meaning, persuading readers to want to know what is next on the hidden card
[The original cover is here. This article criticized ASTV for pointing out that the previous Voice of Taksin cover clearly implies that the royal system will be overthrown. Despite the attempt by this article to explain that the third card does not represent the King, many pro-Thaksin and Red Shirt publications have recently included purposely vague elements to allow people to assume royalty is implied without overtly indicating it.]

Back cover

Right: "Proof of life" photo of Jakrapob holding recent issues of the magazine at an undisclosed location. The sort of furnishings in the photo look like Thai 1980s hi-so chic or probably a residence in Cambodia.

A large version of the photo can be downloaded here (1MB).

From Thai Red News, April 9-15, 2010
At top right: This house loves HM King, protects Democracy, and opposes any kind of dictatorship
The main headline reads: Chakri Day - No dissolving - The Reds move toward Democracy”
Smaller headlines at left: Why should the Reds return to negotiation?
The age of hussar soldiers holding pestles [meaning soldiers are holding guns like a cooking implement--or pestle--and can do nothing with them]
Songkran Day, the Thai new year day
What will happen if the government will not dissolve parliament?

From Thai Red News, April 9-15, 2010
The headline reads: King Taksin’s reincarnation... ?!!
[The belief that Thaksin Shinawatra is the reincarnation of King Taksin is prominent in some Northern UDD groups, especially in Chiang Mai. Other groups claim that Thaksin is Chao Moonmuang, the great Lanna King from the Lanna Kingdom.]

From Truth Today, April 20-22, 2010
The headline reads: World denounces murderer with blood stained hands
Other headlines at top right: Civil Tyrant - Cause of the bloodshed Songkran - Close the country--stop associating with foreigners?

From Truth Today, April 20-22, 2010
The headline reads: Civil... tyrant
[At the bottom are people carrying photos of those who died on April 10]

From Truth Today, April 20-22, 2010
Part of a poll--both in English and Thai--attempting to show the Red Shirt protest is not causing a tourism disruption

From Voice of Taksin, article by MP Dr. Sunai Chulapongsatorn, Special Issue, April, 2010
The headline reads: Abhisit’s robber government - Planning to announce the emergency situation - For killing the people?

From Truth Today, April 20-22, 2010
The headline reads: 'Close the country' stop associating with foreigners?
[The article claims that "Amataya" or aristocrats and the aristocrat-backed government are trying to gain absolute power to administrate with a "close the country" policy that has been slowly put into effect since the September 19, 2006 coup.]

From Voice of Taksin, Special Issue, April, 2010
The headline reads: Fight with arms and breasts, defiant to the wicked power

From Voice of Taksin, Special Issue, April, 2010
The headline reads: Behind the killing order - from Ratchadamneon to Ratchaprasong
At the bottom: Giving away CD: truth on April10th for free

From Truth Today, April 20-May 3, 2010
The headline reads: The key question that government is determined not to answer
[This article alleges that the government greatly desires to kill innocent people. All of this is an attempt to build on a popular feeling that lasted from the 1970s and through the 1992 Black May incident--that the military is bloodthirsty and must be opposed by the people.]

From Truth Today, April 20-May 3, 2010
The headline reads: Who! Will come to "end the war"
[Interesting that Chavalit has gone silent since his appearance at the 11th regiment to counter anti-monarchy accusations.]

From Truth Today, April 20-May 3, 2010
The headline reads: Disaster of the Tyrant
[The column on the right side is about the violent clash on April10, 2010. It criticizes the Abhisit-led government and calls on UN troops to protect the Red Shirts from violent troops.]
At top right is an photo of Abhisit and Suthep. The titles read: Who denounces and then kills? Page 5 - Series of red murder pictures- a full 8 pages - The question determined not to answer Page 21

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