Songkran Cartoons, April 11-13, 2018

From Manager, April 12, 2018
On the curtain: Aojao, please allow me to close the curtain for going to celebrate Songkran.
Caption: See you on 17 April
[Refers to a celebration of Thai traditional new year ‘Songkran day’ during April 13-15 everyday.
In the cartoon, the artist is telling people he will stop drawing during the festival time and return on April 17.
The cartoon shows the junta led by PM Prayuth, Deputy PM Prawit, Anupong and Somkid splashing water with politicians such as Abhisit and Suthep on the left while Sudarat and Thida are on the right.
“Ao jao” is an old-fashioned Thai pronoun/prefix for a person younger than the speaker. This pronoun become popular again due to the Bupphaesannivas drama.]

From Daily News, April 13, 2018
Title: Amazing Songkran ๒๕๖๑

[Refers to a celebration of Thai traditional New Year held on Apr 13-15, 2018. ๒๕๖๑ is the Thai year–2561 or 2018.
In the cartoon, the junta led by PM Prayuth is on the litter carried by Deputy PM Somkid. Deputy PM Prawit is at left of the litter with several luxury watches on his arm. Close to him is a ballot box referring to a coming election.
In the foreground, construction tycoon Premchai is shooting a water gun at a black panther. Premchai was arrested due to alleged illegal hunting.
The young student at right cartoon is political activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal who always criticizes the junta and calls for elections.
In the background is the construction project of the judge’s residences on a mountain in Chiang Mai. The ugly way it cut into the mountain prompted protests from local residents.]

From Matichon, April 13, 2018
Title: Songkran ๒๕๖๑
[Refers to a celebration of Thai traditional New Year held on Apr 13-15, 2018. ๒๕๖๑ is the Thai year–2561 or 2018.
Like Chinese years, the Thai years are represented by different animals–saying that the Songkran god rides that animal. This year it is the peacock. In the cartoon, the junta members including PM Prayuth, Deputy PM Wissanu, Prawit, Anupong and Somkid are dancing with Democrat Party’s leader Abhisit and others.]

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