Democrats shut out

From Manager, May 3, 2018
On the green wall: Military zone, do not enter.
Democrat leader Abhisit: Keeping the cash machine for only yourself… not fair!!
On the pink ATM: CP
On the blue ATM: Billionaire Charoen.

[The ATMs refer to the supports from Thailand’s wealthiest businessmen. One is Dhanin Chearavanont, owner of CP Group and Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, who controls Thai Beverage. Both conglomerates are powerful enough that their influence probably rivals the government itself, but both have been cautious not to overtly engage in politics (unlike Thaksin).
The cartoon reflects that these mega-power brokers have apparently thrown their support behind the junta.
In the foreground, Democrat leader Abhisit laments that the money and influence of these business groups are shutting him out of power.]

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