From Naewna, August 30, 2017
Left, Thaksin: Let me off here, I will continue my way with those elite bureaucrats.
Left caption: Sending to reach the shore…and then expel me..!! [meaning Thaksin’s supporters helped him escape, but have nothing to show for it]
Right, Yingluck: Let me off here, I will continue escaping with my brother…
Right caption: Sending not to reach the shore yet… and then expel me…!!
[“Send to the shore” is a Thai idiom that means to take one to the goal or dream. The expectation is that the person helped will always repay back the kindness.
In this cartoon, it shows that when Thaksin reached the shore (he escaped a jail term) he did not repay back the kindness to those who helped him. The cartoonist portrays those who helped him over the years as buffaloes. 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 many of whom still remain in jail after taking actions designed to allow Thaksin to return to power.
We are not sure who is being referred to as “elite bureaucrats.”]