It’s not surprising if someone is in love with the military


From Thairath, June 1, 2014
Cartoon title: It’s not surprising if someone is in love with the military.
[This cartoon uses the Thai expression “henhen” to mean now people can clearly or openly see that things are really getting done.]

Top left: When the military can really stop rice farmers from committing suicide! [by paying rice farmers owed money under the rice pledging scheme almost immediately after staging the coup]

Top middle: When the military can really suppress [illegal] arms caches! [referring to the many raids of arms caches after the coup]

Top right: When the military can really arrest the movement that undermines the monarchy! [it has been alleged that under the Pheu Thai-led government, the police went easy on those using anti-monarchy rhetoric]

Bottom left: When the military can really stop the killing of those who have different opinions! [referring to the rationale for the coup as being to stop continual attacks on anti-government protests by Red Shirts]

Bottom middle: When the military can really stop the crooks who rob the country! [refers to the many Pheu Thai populist schemes which were alleged to be the source of great corruption by connected individuals]

Bottom right: When the military really tore the mask off the deceptive democratic system! [refers to the belief that the previous government, as directed by Thaksin, was intent on removing checks and balances on its power]

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