Still not democratic…


From Manager, June 30, 2016
Top-left: Elder Pana buffalo… you said you won’t surrender because the country is not democratic.
Right: That’s such a buffalo’s joke.
Below-left: It’s not a buffalo’s joke…
Right: It’s a monk’s joke.

[Refers to hardline Red Shirt leader from Udon Thani, Kwanchai Sarakham, also know as Kwanchai Praipana. In the cartoon, he is portrayed as a buffalo nicknamed “Pana.” To refer to a person as a “buffalo” is an insult meaning they are stupid. Here it is used to refer to the pro-Thaksin Red Shirts.
Kwanchai has long been wanted for leading an attack on anti-government protesters in 2008. He led hundreds of pro-government supporters with knives and clubs to disperse the rally and dismantle the protest stage.
Kwanchai announced that he would not surrender unless the country become democratic. However, later he changed his mind and turned himself in to authorities to serve two years in jail.
Meanwhile, Dhammakaya temple’s abbot Dhammachayo is now facing a money laundering charge. He also announced that he will not meet the police unless Thailand returns to democracy.
The cartoonist jokes that both use the same unconvincing excuse to avoid prosecution.]

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