From Manager, July 25, 2017
People’s thoughts: Don’t want this year to have an August.
People from left to right: Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, ?, Somchai, Boonsong, etc.
Title: The club of people who hate August
[Refers to members of Thaksin’s political clique (from Pheu Thai and previous parties) who are facing court rulings in August. Yingluck will face a rice-pledging scheme verdict.
A group of 28 people including former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and deputy minister Poom Sarapol will face a ruling on their involvement in the government-to-government rice sales to China.
Former PM Somchai Wongsawat, former Deputy PM in charge of security Chavalit Yongchaiyudh and former police chief Patcharawat Wongsuwan faced cases for their respective roles in the crackdown on People’s Alliance for Democracy protesters in 2008.
Since this cartoon was published, a verdict was reached clearing Somchai, Chavalit and others in the 2008 crackdown. This verdict shocked the political world and stunned Thaksin supporters who were already touting the expected verdict as evidence of how unfair the legal process was to Thaksin.
It was thought that a guilty verdict against the officials behind the 2008 crackdown would neatly remove Somchai and Chavalit as possible PM candidates for the Pheu Thai.
While the court ruling seemed clear–the 2008 protest was not a “normal” peaceful protest (but a violent one for political purposes) and thus the clearance orders were justified–speculation swirled about the verdict.
Some saw the verdict as more of the junta’s backdoor trade offs that would see a Pheu Thai government seated after the next elections while ensuring Thaksin would not be able to control it. Others pointed to the connections of some of the accused to figures in the military junta. Another theory is that Chavalit is simply too powerful a figure to chastise legally and was insisting on a blanket acquittal.
Whatever the reason, the expected very bad month for Thaksin started with a surprise positive verdict.]