Murdering Rice


From Manager, June 17, 2013
[This cartoon compares the abduction and murder of Akeyuth Anchanbutr on June 6, 2013 with the government’s rice mortgaging program.]
Voice from car: Leave it in the warehouses!…Wait until it rots! [It is rumored that the rice the government has purchased is largely rotting in government sheds that now dot the Thai countryside.]
Caption: And then… the victim merely disappears from Thailand eternally. [This compares the mountains of unsellable rice with government critic Akeyuth, who was murdered.]


Left: Where do you want me to dump the body, boss? [This is supposed to be Commerce Minister, Boonsong Teriyapirom.]
Middle: I strangled him to death, brother. [This is supposed to be Thaksin Shinawatra’s sister, Yaowapa Wongsawas. She is said to be one of the influential persons behind the Pheu Thai Party’s policies apart from Thaksin himself.]
Right: Well done, Nong Doh. [Nong Doh refers to Thaksin Shinawatra’s sister, Yaowapa Wongsawas. She is also wife of former premier Somchai Wongsawat. The voice is supposed to be Thaksin Shinawatra.]

Cartoon title: The killing team is taking care of the victim
Thaksin Shinawatra: Boonsong, take off. [Boonsong is Commerce Minister, Boonsong Teriyapirom.]
Boonsong: Yes, sir.
[Woman strangling the rice sack is Yaowapa Wongsawas, sister of Thaksin and wife of former premier Somchai Wongsawas.]

Top left: Inside the car
Thaksin Shinawatra: Quick, Nong Doh. Strangle it with a rope! [Nong Doh is nickname of Thaksin Shinawatra’s sister, Yaowapa Wongsawat]
Yaowapa: Yes!
On rice sack: Future of Thai rice

Bang!

Rice sack: Ouch! Hey! Boonsong! [Boonsong is Commerce Minister, Boonsong Teriyapirom.]
Boonsong: Ak! Kick it.
On rice sack: Future of Thai rice

Rice sack: Hey! Who are you, guys?
On rice sack: Future of Thai rice

Man: [Get in] please, boss!
On rice sack: Future of Thai rice

Rice sack: Boonsong, export me.
Boonsong: Yes, boss.
On rice sack: Future of Thai rice

Caption: The same plot. A corrupted driver called Boonsong was sent as a decoy to tail the victim.
Boonsong: Here it comes.

Caption: This case of abduction for murder happened 2 years prior to Akeyuth’s case. But it’s more cruel and traumatizing. It still makes Thai people horrified till nowadays.

The most horrifying abduction for murder in the history
On rice sack: Future of Thai rice
[Critics contend that the government rice buying program is only meant to funnel money to government supporters and top politicians and their families. Meanwhile, Thailand’s rice exports slump as government sheds are filled with rotting, unsellable rice stocks.]

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