New Year’s Cartoons III: Goodbye Rat Year!

From Daily News, December 31, 2020
On containers: Goodbye last year
On box: Donation
On bottle: Alcohol

[Refers the situation in Thailand in the last year 2020 or B.E. 2563. According to the Chinese zodiac, the year of 2653 is the year of the rat during which the country faced both political protests and COVID-19.
To protect governmental offices and the palace from the protesters, the government brought in shipping containers to block the way.
There was also a shortage of medical equipment and facilities to fight COVID-19 pandemic, and hospitals and other groups called for donations from the public.

Note: Due to the decline of print newspapers, there are hardly any traditional Thai new year editorial cartoons. Today, the ones that are left are simply regular cartoons with some broad comment on the year’s biggest story.
In the past, every newspaper featured a big cartoon on the front page with caricatures of all the major political personalities and news-makers.
Examples of these are here: New Year’s Cartoons 2004-2020.
In particular, take a look at 2008 for how many there were and how they all showed caricatures of the year’s big personalities: 2008 cartoons.]

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