From Manager, May 22, 2014
Left: Thaksin’s thought: I truly trust in Ai Too.
Left caption: This man is definitely wrong
[‘Ai Too’ refers to Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Royal Thai Army’s commander-in-chief and leader of the coup on May 24.]
Right Suthep: I truly trust in Ai Tou.
Right caption: This man? Still not sure whether he’s right.
[Suthep Thaugsuban is the secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). Man behind Suthep are Sathit Wongnongtoey and Anchalee Paireerak, two key leaders of the PDRC.]
[This cartoon refers to the recording of Thaksin from 2013 that appeared to be purposely leaked by him. In the recording, Thaksin and the then-Defense Minister discuss ways to enable Thaksin to be pardoned and return to Thailand. In the recording Thaksin said he trusted the military. This was interpreted to mean Thaksin felt he had a deal with the military–specifically with Gen. Prayuth–not to oppose his pardon and return. The release of the recording caused shock and anger among anti-Thaksin groups who blamed Gen. Prayuth for making a deal.
After the last 7 months of protest and now the coup, it is clear Thaksin was tricked by the military.
At right, Suthep, and much of the anti-Thaksin movement, have looked to the military to step in and overthrow (or otherwise hamper) Thaksin-directed governments over the years. However, the swift and unexpected coup raises questions as to how far the military might go in purging the political system of both pro- and anti-Thaksin figures and movements now that they finally have the upper hand and no promised Red Shirt insurrection has occurred.]