Blow the Whistle!

From Thairath, November 11, 2013
Cartoon title: We’ll wait no matter how long it may be.
[The man blowing the whistle is former Democrat Party MP, Suthep Thuagsuban, key leader of the protesters at the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue.]
On the hooded figure’s robe: Order to suppress the people; 100 dead bodies
Sign on the stage’s platform: A mob of the accused in the case of the ordering to kill 100 people in 2010 [refers to deaths during the 2010 Red Shirt protests]
Signs in front of the stage, from top left: So.Po.Ko 4-01 corruption case [So.Po.Ko.4-01 is a type of land title deed allocated to poor people according to the 1975 land reform for agriculture act. During his tenure as deputy agriculture and cooperative minister in the Chuan Leekphai government in 1995, Suthep Thuagsuban and some other Democrat Party’s members were accused of sheltering those who illegally grabbed control of the cheap So.Po.Ko.4-01 land deeds. This led to a no-confidence motion and dissolution of the parliament. This incident damaged Suthep’s reputation.]; Durable goods purchase for vocational schools’ corruption case; Incite para-rubber and oil palm planters’ mobs; Topple the government; Corruptions in the Thailand’s strength project; Corruption in the nationwide police station constructions [all criticisms of policies blamed on Suthep and the Democrats]
Road signs, from front to back: Khok Wua Intersection; Ratchprasong Intersection [places where fighting and deaths occurred during the 2010 Red Shirt protest]
Banners on ghosts’ heads: UDD [United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, aka the Red Shirt]
Phi Nooring: Take the persons who ordered the killing to justice.
Mouse: People died on these roads.


From Manager, November 12, 2013
Caption: Just step out of the parliament and the cockroach transforms into a giant!
[Democrat opponents refer to the party members as “cockroaches.” The cockroach/giant is former Democrat Party’s MP from Suratthani Province, Suthep Thuagsuban. He uses whistle blowing as a symbol of the people’s fight against the ruling Pheu Thai government. The cartoon seems to ridicule Suthep for his attempts to topple the government.]

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