Freeing the Political Prisoners: “Amnesty… amnesty… amnesty… amnesty… amnesty…”

From Thairath, March 16, 2013
Cartoon title: Just chewing, when will it be broken?
On the headband: UDD [United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, or the Red Shirts]
Man biting chain says: Amnesty… amnesty… amnesty… amnesty… amnesty…
On shorts of giant man: Victims of the April-May 2010 incidents
On chained ball: Ambushing suppression; chasing to kill; putting in jails; false accusations
Sign carried by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reads: Take our friends out of jail.
Man mouse: Release political prisoners.

[This refers to those arrested in connection with the 2010 Red Shirt protest in Bangkok (as well as those arrested in previous incidents). Since the People Power Party government in 2008, Thaksin-aligned governments have been insisting the nation was in crisis and could only be calmed by amnesty for all. Those opposing Thaksin believe that such amnesty is only aimed at pardoning Thaksin. Recent months have brought a calm to the political situation which has seen the impetus for broad amnesty seem to lose its urgency. A new push for constitutional amendments is being spearheaded now with the focus on Red Shirts who remain in jail or otherwise under legal threat for their actions during the protests in Bangkok and throughout the country in 2010.]

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