New Year’s Cartoons from the Thai-language press


From Thairath, January 1, 2014
Cartoon title: Hello the Year of Horse, 2014
The years of Big Snake and Small snake have gone, comes the year of Horse,
The Sun departs, the Moon becomes brighter, so is the Mars, Wed.-Thurs., Fri.-Sat. entering the week,
Two five five, five six seven, completes the year [2556-57 are Buddhist years which are 2013-14.]
Auspicious time for reform and the star for election are on the rise,
Political situation and domestic survey says the [country’s] debts are enjoyed,
The government’s vicious fate confronting the people,
Hello all the warhorses resonating Thailand.
[Composed by] Paiwarin Khao-ngam [the 1995 S.E.A. Write laureate]
The top right sign: Increasing prices; “Increasing” is marked out and replaced with “Decreasing”


From Daily News, January 1, 2014
Cartoon title: Happy New Year 2014
[Ballot box tied with ribbon represents the coming general election on February 2, 2014. Woman dressed as Santa Claus is the interim premier Yingluck Shinawatra. Man closes his eyes with one hand is former premier and former Democrat Party’s leader Chuan Leekpai. Man wearing blue hat in the middle is former deputy premier and former MP of the Democrat Party, Suthep Thuagban. He’s the key leader of the People’s Democracy Reform Committee. Man in blue hat on the right is the Democrat Party’s leader Abhisit Vejjajiva. Whistles on the floor represent the PCR’s protest which uses whistles as a symbol.]

Daily News-New Year cartoon

From Daily News, December 31, 2013 [we could not find a larger version of this cartoon]
Cartoon title: Goodbye the old year
Middle left: The Interim Premier Yingluck Shinawatra
Middle right: Former deputy premier in Abhisit Vejjajiva cabinet and former Democrat MP Suthep Thuagsuban who is current leading the People’s Democracy Reform protest.

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