Daily situation


From Thairath, February 23, 2014
Cartoon title: Daily situation

Top left: Calling guests daily! [Meaning calling more people to join the anti-government protests. This refers to statements of the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order. Three men, from left, are Tharit Pengdit, director of the Department of Special Investigation, Chalerm Ubumrung, director of CMPO and caretaker minister of labor, and Surapong Towichakchaikul, caretaker foreign minister. It is said that its statements, instead of intimidating the anti-government protesters, make the protesters come out on the streets even more.]

Top middle: Running away daily! [Refers to Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who spends most of her time traveling in secret from place to place in the north and northeast.]

Top right: Rice farmers become hopeless daily! [Refers to rice farmers who joined the government’s rice pledging scheme and have not been paid resulting in financial problems for them.]

Bottom left: Judges and independent organizations have been threatened daily! [Refers to Red Shirts who demonstrate their frustration at court rulings and the National Anti-corruption Commission’s resolution to conduct an investigation of Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra relating to rice pledging scheme corruption. Red Shirts have repeatedly threatened the courts and M79 grenades have been fired at court buuildings.]

Bottom middle: Who make it bleed daily? On the wall is the symbol of the Government Savings Bank. [Refers to the phenomenon of massive withdrawals by the GSB’s customers in response to the Caretaker Government’s attempt to borrow money from the bank to pay the rice farmers under the rice pledging scheme.]

Bottom right: Groping for crab daily! [Crab is ‘Poo’ in Thai, which is the nickname of the Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The man groping is Suthep Thuagsuban, secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee. The phrase refers to Suthep announced a strategy to pressure Yingluck by following her everywhere. Here as a person hunting for crabs he is attempting to capture the prime minister.]

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