Conflict with the Lanna Kingdom


From Thairath, May 14, 2016
Left: It’s the UN’s job is to stop international conflict, but the conflict on Article 112…
Middle: …it’s a domestic problem. How can the UN intervene?
UN man: Yes, we can…
Right: It’s an international conflict between Thailand and the Lanna Kingdom.

[Article 112 is Thailand’s lese majeste law. Many Thais have been sensitive to both UN and US criticism of the law believing criticism of the monarchy is used by Thaksin’s pressure groups as a political lever.
In the past, at key political junctures, such as when the Pheu Thai was trying to enact an amnesty for Thaksin, the Red Shirts have raised the issue of succession by calling for the reestablishment of the Lanna Kingdom in the north. Red Shirt dogma in the north has contended that Thaksin is a reincarnated royal who thus deserves his own area to rule. At other times, Red Shirts (particularly the mainstream leaders) have flatly denied they have ever called for a separate state.
The joke in the cartoon is that the UN is not interfering in Thailand’s internal affairs, but helping in an international spat between Thailand and Thaksin’s Lanna Kingdom of the north. This implies that the UN is siding with Thaksin and his interests which is a common conspiracy theory among Thais who oppose Thaksin.]

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