Feb 25th, 2021

Money for weapons is like toilet tissue

From Thairath, February 8, 2021
Tissue in the trashcan: Budget for purchasing weapons
Phi Nooring: Don’t fight everyday like poop.
Caption: It is tissue so it can be wasted. [this means that money is like toilet tissue to the military and they do not care if they waste it on big weapons expenditures]

[Refers to the huge budget the military-dominated government is insisting on for purchasing weapons. This cartoon ridicules the necessity for this spending comparing to country’s other development needs like education, health care and issues related to people’s livelihoods.]

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Crackdown on the elderly

From Manager, January 28, 2021
Left, PM Prayuth: This shows that the government doesn’t ignore the problem of corruption.
Right, PM Prayuth: Today, we were able to arrest about 30 persons who corrupted the elderly fund… This is the huge number of arrests.

[Refers to the strange and sudden spate of cases launched by the government demanding compensation from elderly people who inadvertently received money handouts from the government while also receiving existing compensation from the government such as a pension for the wrongful death of a child.
This led to many stories of bewildered elderly people in the press, confused by the aggressive demands that they pay back money to the government.
The cartoonist ridicules the government’s tough action against the elderly which contrasts with their unwillingness to tackle corruption involving their political allies and the rich.]

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Bang on pots like in Myanmar

From Thairath, February 6, 2021
Title: Help bang to kick out the devils; Myanmar model
On people’s suits: Opposition parties
Words aropund pots: No-confidence debate… Government failed… Don’t have ability… Corruption
On paper held by PM Prayuth’s guard: Threaten with charges to stop talking [referring to threats to charge MPs with lese majeste if their complaints are related to the monarchy]
Phi Nooring: Make them deaf
Mouse: Let’s see how long they can put up with it.

[Refers to the no-confidence debate on PM Prayuth’s government. This cartoon supports the opposition in their efforts to disclose how the government has failed to tackle COVID-19, the economy, and other issues. The cartoon compares the opposition’s no-censure debate with the post-coup protests in neighboring Myanmar when people banged on pots and pans to protest the military seizure of power.
Does anyone know the meaning of the rope Prayuth is holding?]

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Playing both sides

From Manager, January 27, 2021
Title: Kao Klai Party

[Refers to MPs from the Kao Klai Party [the Move Forward Party]. The cartoonist makes fun of politicians from this party who have championed efforts to confront the monarchy, but who have received royal decorations.]

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Thanathorn is joining the trip with us

From Manager, January 26, 2021
Rung: Look!… Thanathorn is joining the trip with us.
On the bus: No. 112 Mob-Prison
Thanathorn: I didn’t intend to… but I was clamped by the door.

[Refers to Thanathorn who is accused of violating Article 112 after he questioned the transparency of the COVID-19 vaccine deal between Siam Bioscience, a company connected to the Crown Property Bureau, and the British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca.
In the bus are anti-government student leaders Panupong “Mike Rayong” Chadnok, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul and Arnon Nampa. All are charged with lese majeste.
The joke is that it is traditionally thought that rich political leaders use expendable people to act for them and be the ones subject to legal proceedings. Here, Thanatorn, suspected to be behind the coordination of the student protests, is himself caught up in contentions 112 charges which would normally be heaped on the foot soldiers of political protests, like the student protesters or Red Shirts.]

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Give a special one to him

From Thairath, January 22, 2021
Title: Coming to inject the COVID vaccine
Left side: International injection
Right side: Thai injection
In Thanatorn’s syringe: 112 [the lese majeste law]
Thanathorn: May I ask… [meaning is is being attacked for asking questions about the vaccine procurement]
On the paper: Covid vaccine
Phi Nooring: Give a special one to him [meaning they are giving a special injection to Thanatorn by charging him with lese majeste]
Mouse: They don’t allow to have suspicions

[Refer to Thanathorn who is being accused of violating the Article 112 of the Criminal Codes, which ban any insults or threats made toward the Royal Family, after he questioned the transparency of the COVID-19 vaccine program between Siam Bioscience, a company connected to the Crown Property Bureau, and the British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca.]

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In good company

From Thairath, February 3, 2021
Title: Yeah…! Thailand won’t be at the bottom of ASEAN’s ranking anymore.
Myanmar military: Coup to overthrow the power from Aung San Suu Kyi.
On the border mark: Thai-Myanmar border
Phi Nooring: Lost the election then did the coup.
Mouse: Very wicked.

[Refers to Myanmar’s military coup that overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi after her party’s massive victory in the recent election. The cartoonist notes that this will certainly draw attention to Myanmar and take away any international pressure on Thailand.]

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Listen unclearly, then share the misinformation

From Naewna, January 15, 2021
PM Prayuth: Drugs dens: even 100 PMs can’t solve [then the part being erased] if everyone doesn’t cooperate.
Caption: Listen unclearly, then share the misinformation

[Refers to PM Prayuth’s motto to call on everyone to cooperate to fight against drugs and drug dens.
Anti-government groups, here represented by the three-finger salute figure, quickly spread the motto in a way to make it seem like the PM was admitting he was not able to solve the problem of drugs. Due to this, the caption of the cartoon refers the proverb saying that “listen unclearly, then share the misinformation.”]

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My democracy was hijacked

From Manager, February 4, 2021
Left: My democracy was hijacked.
Caption: Myanmar people in Myanmar
Right: My scene [my protest] was hijacked.
Caption: Myanmar in Thailand.

[Refers to a protest against the military coup in Myanmar held outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok.
Major figures in the current student protests and the Progressive Movement showed up for the protests as well, making statements designed for social media coverage and emphasizing that the situation in Myanmar was similar to that in Thailand.
The police forcefully cleared the protest, citing Covid gathering prohibitions. Anti-government media reported that the police “attacked” the protesters and it seemed that the government was being very careful to side with the new regime in Myanmar.
This cartoonist contends that the leaders of Thailand’s anti-government groups attended the protest as they are eager for any way to advance their cause.]

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Clinging on

From Manager, February 3, 2021
Myanmar protesters: Stop holding on… Our problem is already difficult.

[Refers to Progressive Movement leaders Thanathron and Pannika who attended a protest against the military coup in Myanmar.
Like all of their activities, their attendance was designed to be heavily covered on social media and framed to make sure the media understood that the Myanmar situation was analogous to Thailand’s politics.
The cartoonist mocks this, saying they are using the Myanmar coup for their own benefit in fighting against PM Prayuth.]

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Goodbye… the show is over

From Arun, January 26, 2021
On the white box: “Larry King” Legend MC.

[Refers to legendary Larry King, a famous TV and radio host, who recently passed away.]

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Thai takes on Trump and the Insurrection

From Arun, January 7, 2021
Caption: Trump’s supporters invade parliament of hopes of stopping Biden–which killed 4 people. “When the democracy was destroyed”

From Thairath, January 11, 2021
Title: If you want to do a coup, use a whistle.
Phi Nooring: Must consult Lung Kamnan
Mouse: Obsessed with power

[Refers to U.S. President Donald Trump who called on his supporters to fight to protest against the election after he lost to Joe Biden. While those inside the U.S. might parse these words, wondering if Trump was calling for a coup of some kind, other nations with recent histories of insurrection could see exactly what this was and have called it a coup attempt.
The cartoon notes that Trump should take advice from Thailand’s successful coup plotters such as Suthep Thaugsuban (known as ‘Lung Kamnan’). His protest group, known as the whistle mob, harassed government figures by blowing a whistle and tried to prevent a snap election after the government tried to push through a blanket amnesty for Thaksin. All of this chaos was used as a pretext to stage yet another coup.]

From Manager, January 11, 2021
Caption: The old Thai [is] the new innovation in America.
Trump: They call it the Pattaya Model… The previous Thai PM [Thaksin] suggested me to use it!!

[This is yet another Thai view of the events of January 6, 2021 when Trump supporters attempted to halt the certification of the election of Joe Biden.
It draws parallels between the storming of the Capital in Washington and the Red Shirt storming of the ASEAN Summit in Pattaya in 2009. During that time there were targeted protests in an attempt to topple the government, culminating in an attack on a car that was presumed to have the prime minister inside.]

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Nothing illegal here

From Manager, January 6, 2021
Caption: Three uncles.
Left, Deputy PM Prawit: Did not see the casinos.
Center, Minister of the Interior Anupong Paochinda: Did not hear about illegal labor’s bribes.
Right, PM Prayuth: Afraid to make an order against the other two.

[Instead of “three monkeys,” it is the “three uncles” to denote the three older men.
The cartoon points out the intractable corruption of the Thai system.
Nearly everyone knows where casinos are, but the government boldly proclaims there are none. The country’s industry is built on legions of illegal migrant workers, but the government confidently insists there is no illegality, even when masses of illegal workers are apprehended.
Finally Prayuth, although PM, is arguably not the most powerful person in the government. The government is collectively held together by several consequential military men of which Prayuth is just one. Thus, rebuking or reshuffling some failing cabinet members is not an option for the PM.]

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Prayuth’s Ark

From Arun, January 5, 2021
At top to the left of “Prauyth’s Ark”: (You do not need to worry.)

[This cartoon shows the exhausted government in the wreckage of the economy leading the people to the military “ark.” The ark is a submarine representing the military-dominated government’s massive spending on a submarine fleet. Such a fleet has long been an aspiration of the military and each time they have come to power, they have pushed for a submarine fleet.]

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Don’t blame the people

From Thairath, January 6, 2021
Title: Have a vision with an open mind [or] short eyes with narrow mind
Thaksin: The way for the country to survive is to have a powerful constitution and to follow through with capitalism.
On virus: Crisis, power, economy, politics, Covid, gambling den
PM Prayuth: Thai people must review themselves. Some groups avoid protecting themselves.

[Refers to dueling messages new year’s messages. Thaksin sent a recorded message to his followers in Thailand stressing democratic values and capitalism. This cartoonist contrasts this with PM Prayuth who has strongly rebuked people for not taking proper precautions and allowing Covid to arise again. The words on the virus allude to the endemic corruption that allows gambling dens and illegal worker migration which has been behind the new surge in Covid cases.]

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New Year’s Cartoons IV: Intervention of Outsiders!

From Thai Post, January 1, 2021
On the toilet (is this a toilet?): Thon

[The cartoon suggests that anti-government protests led by the students will continue in 2021 with the intervention of the outsiders, such as the U.S. and the U.N. The cartoonist also ridicules former Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn which is shortly (nicknamed Thon in the cartoon) as the one who hides behind those protesters, meaning he and his allies, who attempted their own protests before the pandemic stopped them last year, is stage managing the student protests for his own political benefit. Dismissing protests and their demands over accusations of someone else benefiting is common in the Thai world.

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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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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The emergency decree is crueler than the virus

From Thairath, January 4, 2021
Title: This year is COVID with cruel cow [this is the year of the cow in the Chinese zodiac]
On Prayuth’s stick: Emergency decree
On man’s shirt: People
Phi Nooring: Very cruel since the early in the year
Mouse: Crueler than virus

[Refers to the government reimposing the emergency decree due to the new wave of Covid. Since the start of the Covid outbreak last year, opposition groups have claimed that the emergency decree is based on an overstated threat from the pandemic and that the government really wants the emergency decree to prevent protests.]

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New Year’s Cartoons II: Savage Cow!

From Daily News, January 1, 2021
On the sign: Happy New Year
On the cow: Savage cow

[Refers to the new year of 2021 or B.E.2564 (Thai writing: ๒๕๖๔ at bottom left).
According to the Chinese zodiac, this year is a year of cow (or oxen). People are pinning their hopes on vaccines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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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New Year’s Cartoons I: Mutant Cow!

From Matichon, January 1, 2021
Title: 2564 We have to fight with a mutant cow.
PM Prayuth hold out a frayed cape. On the cape: Severe disease and economy
Boy: Please stay safe, Thai people

[2021 or B.E. 2564 is the year of the cow (or oxen) according to the Chinese zodiac. Thai people are facing the resurgence of COVID-19 causing economic impact.

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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Virus returns

From Thairath, December 26, 2020
Title: Wrong gift bags
On bags: New Year gifts for B.E.2564 [right] COVID-19 imported from aboard
Phi Nooring: New COVID outbreak
Mouse: Who is crummy?

[Refers to a new spread of COVID-19 in Thailand. It caused the country to lock down in some highly affected areas. The mouse’s question refers to Public Health Minister Anuk’s quote when he was first commenting on COVID-19 earlier in the year and said it was crummy and society need not be too afraid of it. As this is an opposition cartoonist, it is blaming the new outbreak on the incompetence of the government.]

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Message about capitalism

From Manager, December 17, 2020
Facebook message: Yaowachon plotaek – Free Youth [the name of the Free Youth group in Thai and English indicating they are the sender] For the income of the capitalist world, the rich will be 1% while the lower class who works hard will be the 99%. The rich will get a massive profit while labor income is very small and they don’t have any rights in the company.
At right is Former Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn’s mother Somporn, CEO of Thai Summit. Caption: Makes an impression with labor.

[Former Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn is believed to play a behind-the-scenes role in the student protests. He is also a billionaire whose family-owned company Thai Submit Group has been facing a labor dispute due to massive layoffs.

The Free Youth group, which was once a part of the student protests, began espousing communism, first with their new logo and later with defenses of the communist economic system. The main student leaders disavowed the Free Youth and affirmed they were not seeking revolution.

The cartoonist jokes that all of this is ironic. Thanathorn is a paragon of the modern billionaire. However the student protests that are rumored to stem from Thanathorn’s own planned protests are apparently associated with much more radical ideas than one would expect from a tycoon from an established political family.]

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Whistle to the Moon

From Thairath, December 16, 2020
Title: How to blow to get a satellite.
Anek Laothamatas: In 7 years, Thailand won’t be developing country.
On his chair: MHESI Minister
Phi Nooring: Used to blow and get a minister chair.
Mouse: Wish him to reach his dream.
Man: Are the non-asphalt roads gone in Thailand?

[Refers to Adjunct Professor Dr. Anek Laothamatas, Minister of Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI). He vowed that Thailand would build its own spacecraft and launch it to orbit the moon within seven years.
Anek is a serial party jumper, having been part of a series of parties. This was once much more common before the 1997 charter that made it harder to move from party to party.
The cartoonist points out that Anek was part of the junta government and this is symbolized by his whistle blowing, used by those who wanted the military to intervene with a coup and stop the Pheu Thai from pardoning Thaksin in 2014. It was earlier used to pressure elected governments with small crowds following MPs and government figures and blowing whistles.
Anek was immediately widely criticized over his statements about the moon rocket. Many noted it would be a waste of money, especially when the nation cannot solve even simple problems such as dusty roads in the provinces.
Paving provincial roads has been a perennial campaign with many parties promising paving so that rural people should not have to live in such dusty conditions.]

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Which lady brought the party down?

From Naewna, December 16, 2020
Women: Tuttu, please say clearly which Jae destroys the Phao Thai Party?
Jatuporn: Ha… ha… it will be every Jae.
On the sign: Phao Thai Party

[“Tuttu” is Red Shirt leader Jaturporn. “Tu” is his nickname. Nowadays, it is a trend to add additional syllables to people’s formerly short nicknames. Thus “Tu” becomes “Tuttu.” This is supposed to sound like the “cute” speech of the young. “Jae” is a Chinese word meaning “elder sister.”

This cartoon mocks the Pheu Thai Party by calling it the Phao Thai Party (the “Burn Thai Party”). This means that the series of political parties controlled by Thaksin and his family have only resulted in violent political provocations including the burning of Bangkok and some provincial areas in 2009 and 2010.

The cartoon illustrates a comment made by former Pheu Thai Party member and the leader of the Red Shirts Jatuporn. He recently talked about the conflict in the Pheu Thai Party.

Since August when the student protests started in an organized way, the party has undergone a series of shakeups. Some of this was intended to ensure that the party was not too closely aligned with the student protesters and the Progressive Movement’s attempt to confront the monarchy.

Another rupture dethroned Sudarat as de-facto head of the party after Thaksin’s ex-wife was brought in to purge anti-monarchy elements. Sudarat later left the party entirely, taking her faction with her.

Much of this realignment apparently disappointed Red Shirts and some provincial factions in the party that had hoped that, as the leading opposition party, the Pheu Thai would forge a new path away from being a Thaksin-family business. It is likely that Red Shirts felt they should be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the students as the bold demands for reform no doubt matched much of Red Shirt ideology.

All of this recent party churn saw powerful women in major roles. The cartoon shows influential women in the party.

From left to right: Sudarat (non-Thaksin family member ousted from her leadership role in the party), Yingluck (exiled former PM and Thaksin’s sister; not thought of as a power broker, but more of a naive pawn of Thaksin), Potjaman (Thaksin’s ex-wife brought into the party in August 2020 to ensure it was insulated from the anti-monarchy provocations of the emerging student protesters) and Yaowapa (Thaksin’s sister, often referenced as an interfering figure in party politics; she is a major power-broker in the north; her husband was PM when Thaksin’s People Power Party held power).

Jatuporn mentioned that there was a “lady” who brought the party down. The cartoonist shows that all the powerful women trying to apply their vested interests are responsible for the chaos within the party.]

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The thing that is broken is named the world

From Arun, December 16, 2020
Title: Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara
Caption: The thing that is broken is named the world. The thing that exists is named the dharma.

[This is a quote of the former Supreme Patriarch of the Thailand, His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara.
At the end of the chaotic and historic 2020, it is meant to remind that nothing in the world can remain forever except for the dharma.]

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More on the new logo

From Naewna, December 11, 2020
People’s shouting: Long Live Communism.
Caption: Really a democracy in this country.

[Refers to the pro-democracy group Free Youth’s controversial new logo. Although the group cheekily said its new logo only came from the words “Restart Thailand,” the design of it clearly shows a hammer and sickle. To the delight of its critics, this logo was heavily reported on and held up to show the revolutionary bent of the student protesters. However, the main student protest leaders disavowed the Free Youth group and said they have nothing to do with them.]

From Thairath, December 12, 2020
Title: Communism… my dear.
PM Prayuth: Admire the Chinese President.
On the book: Xi Jinping [the PM recommended government leaders read the Chinese President’s book]
Prawit: Submarines made by the Communist China
On the flag: Repentant Communists [This is a way to point out the many people in politics, government, bureaucracy and military that were once communist sympathizers in the 1960s and 1970s. Part of the genius (or trickery, depending on your viewpoint) of the Thai system is that it easily reabsorbs rebellious elements back into its mainstream, with revolutionaries ending up revering the monarchy.]
Protesters: Want RESTART THAILAND [as opposed to allegation that the letters refer to “Republic of Thailand”]
Phi Nooring: ฺBring back the communism to the kids. [meaning the military dominated government, which is close to communist China, is actually blaming the the students for being communist.]
Mouse: So crazy

[This references the new logo of the Free Youth. Its hammer and sickle design raised a question as to the real objective of the student protest movement.

However, the cartoonist notes that it is the government that has drawn the nation close to communist China. Thus it is hypocritical to blame the protesters, who have constantly espoused democracy, for actually wanting communism.

This tilt towards China has been referenced even back in 2015: The Thai Junta Embraces Communists.]

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Support from the U.S. senate II

From Manager, December 9, 2020
Uncle Sam: I-Guin! [this is a name referring to the person holding the sign, protest leader Penguin; “Guin” is his nickname and “I” is an impolite pronoun used with it to show anger or irritation] I bought you cheesecake… gave a fund to support including a scholarship… Then, you want to be a communist… Damn it!!
[The “cheesecake” remark refers to the photos that emerged of the protest leaders being feted at the U.S. embassy and eating cheesecake.
The “scholarship” refers to an unfounded rumor that the protest leaders had a backup asylum plan with the embassy and would receive a scholarship in the U.S. to pursue their study if exiled for their protest activities. The U.S. Embassy in Thailand denied this rumor.]
Caption: This person [meaning Uncle Sam] will be the most disappointed one.

[This cartoon refers to the Free Youth’s new logo that made the letters “R” and “T” (for “Restart Thailand”) into the communist hammer and sickle symbol. Shortly after, the hashtag #RepublicofThailand started trending on Twitter. Later the group defended the economic system of communist countries and posited that a communist system would not have to be a dictatorship.

Shortly after, the main leaders of the students protesters (pictured above) distanced themselves from the Free Youth and reaffirmed they desired democracy.

The appearance of the new logo came at a bad time, just as news of the U.S. senate’s proposed resolution, supporting the protesters, was circulating through the news. One of the senators, Senator Bob Menendez, even issued a statement assuring the world that “Thailand’s reformers are not seeking a revolution…”

The student protesters had received glowing coverage over the past months in the international press, with nearly every outlet using “man on the street” articles where a series of earnest and innocent-sounding students told of their hopes for democracy and for an end to enforced disappearances.

The cartoonist seems to be saying that the emergence of the logo, when U.S. lawmakers were attempting to support the protesters and their goals, was a gaffe that interfered with the narrative the U.S. was pushing.]

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Support from the U.S. senate I

From Thairath, December 8, 2020
Title: Like a hero coming to help.
On the book held by Captain America: Resolution of the U.S. Senate
On water splash: Dictatorship
On shield: Democracy
Protesters: Too gets out. [A slight play on the nickname of the PM, “Tu,” telling him to leave office immediately. Not using the right word can be considered indirect speech or even an insult.]
Phi Nooring: Threaten. Attack. Give legal charges [meaning the government constant assaults the protesters in one way or another]
Mouse: Don’t want a coup.

[Refers to a recent U.S. Senate resolution proposed by a group of US senators, including Thai-born senator Tammy Duckworth, to support the protesters in Thailand in their call for democracy.]

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Great Wall of Thailand

From Thairath, December 15, 2020
Title: Amazing Thailand. The Thai Great Wall
Phi Nooring: Only place in the world
Mouse: Silly wall

[Refers to the government creating barriers consisting of shipping containers to prevent anti-government protesters from approaching the Grand Palace.
The barrier became an instant attraction. Anti-government figures mocked the government for creating the spectacle and for their overreaction.
Considering the Thai protest tradition of trying to stage provocative circumstances and then dare the authorizes to act, it was probably the government’s thinking that they did not want risk an occupation of the Grand Palace or Wat Pra Kaew by student protesters.]

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Another tact that does not work

From Manager December 14, 2020
Penguin: Oh!.. someone told us to hold these two… then, more people will join the mob.
Caption: Fail again.

[Refers to the controversial new logo of the Free Youth designed like to evoke the communist hammer and sickle. This surprised some protest supporters as it seemed to indicate that the student protesters were seeking a revolution, contrary to even the U.S. Senate resolution proposal being touted at the time that included supporting statements from a senator assuring the world that the Thai protests were not about revolution.
The Free Youth movement attempted to clarity their position that a communist state would not be a dictatorship and defended the economic system of communism.
Within a few days, the main protest leaders, pictured here, disavowed the Free Youth movement and communism and said the main student protest groups have nothing to do with them.
The cartoonist mocks the debacle, implying this fits with the ineffective protests thus far that have been unable to unseat the military-dominated government.]

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