Ghosts of Thaksin and Yingluck

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From Manager, February 16, 2015
In the black box: Monday long cartoon story by Bancha/Kamin
Title: Ghosts

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A house located at the center of… Suvarnabhumi [the region is sometimes referred to as “Suvarnabhumi” meaning “Land of Gold” or “Golden Land”]
Sign on the house: Thailand

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Above: There are a grandpa and his nephew sitting in the balcony.

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Left, the boy says: Grandpa..It’s a ghost!
Right, Grandpa: Where?
Boy: Outside our fence!… There are so many ghosts.

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Um… Those ghosts.
[The ghosts, left to right are: Jakrapob Penkair (Thaksin protegee in government and anti-monarchy activist who became involved with a Red Shirt group advocating violent revolution in Thailand; he has lived in exile since 2012), Jaruphongse Reungsuwan (founded an overseas organization to agitate against the military junta in Thailand), and Thaksin Shinawatra.]

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Left: They’re homeless ghosts.
Right: They likes to drop by our fence… They want to come inside our house and scare people.

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Left: But you don’t need to be afraid. They can’t come inside our house because we have a god who protects us.
Right: Many nights have passed
Boy: Grandpa!

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Left: There is a new ghost. It’s a female ghost.
Right: Oh… She’s the new one.
[The female ghost is Yingluck.]

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Man: She just left our house and became a ghost a few days ago.
[This reflects the belief that the court cases being pressed against former PM Yingluck will turn her into a “homeless ghost.” In Buddhist vernacular lore, a homeless ghost is a ghost that cannot be reborn because it has died before its time to die. In the Thai world, to compare someone with the homeless ghost is an insult. A homeless ghost wanders in exile and tries to return to its home to sow discord. The exiled people in the cartoon are compared to these ghosts because they wander outside the country hoping to return and attempt to create political agitation in the meantime.]

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