The Lotus and Thaksin Supporters

Cartoon title: Monday cartoon series – Lotus
[There is a Buddhist teaching about human beings represented by four types of lotuses: 1) the ones that blossomed above the water representing people who are enlightened; 2) the ones that are growing up to the water level representing the people who are about to be enlightened; 3) the ones that remain under the water representing people who are very difficult to teach but there is still some chance for them; and 4) the ones that are in the mire representing people who are desperate to be taught. This cartoon series uses the third type to represent Thaksin Shinawatra’s supporters.]

Caption: At the bottom of a lotus pond
Small lotus on the left: Hey, you guys have emerged before me for a while…Why don’t you grow and blossom above the water?
Lotus on the right: Why should I rush blossoming? I’m fine just like this.


Lotus on the left: Fine. I’m going up now.
Lotus on the right: Where does he rush up to?; Hey there!

Lotus: Arks…! [expression of shock]
Turtle representing Thaksin: Take care of all these submerged lotuses before grow up to blossom, Nong Poo.
Crab representing PM Yingluck: Yes, brother turtle!

Caption: Above the water in the pond
Man: Another one is emerging! The total number of the lotuses emerged to blossom is 24,000, sir, Thaan Vasit.
[Pol.Gen. Vasit Dejkunjorn is a former police officer commissioned to provide security to the royal family, particularly His Majesty the King. Currently, he is a columnist for the Matichon paper apart from giving lectures at universities.]

Man: There are millions of lotuses under the water. Why only less than 30,000 of them grow up to blossom above the water?
Man on the left: They have been eaten by the turtle and the crab…Ajarn Kaewsan. It’ll take us some time.
Caption: *Let’s blossom with the Thai Spring

[Former senator Kaewsun Atibodhi is a law lecturer at Thammasat University. He has played prominent role in Thailand’s politics as both critics and academic. After Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s speech, Mr. Kaewsun and Pol. Gen. co-founded the Thai Spring inviting people who oppose the premier and her brother Thaksin to voice their dissatisfaction of the government’s corruption and especially the movement of some group of people who is trying to undermine the monarchy on the internet. So far, around 24,000 people visited their website.
The idea of the cartoon is the Thaksin is using people to his own benefit while misleading them.]

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5 Responses to The Lotus and Thaksin Supporters

  1. L. Joseph says:

    Once again, you seem to view your role in life to be the English voice of PAD, Manager and the “love monarchy-hate democracy” crowd. That’s your prerogative, as long as your readers know you’ve got a very fascist agenda.

  2. Peppy says:

    Far as I can tell, 2Bangkok just translates this stuff so non-Thai readers can see what’s out there. They do plenty of pro-red, pro-Peua Thai items as well–Sia from Thai Rath for example, as well as the Red Shirt magazines.

  3. Amusing Thailand says:

    Does Ron still run this site? Or has he already farmed it out? If so, he should take his monniker off what has pretty much become the Khun Wiz Dog & Pony Show. Ron probably should have pulled the plug on this site years ago. Or just made it plain to Khun Wiz that he should go out and run his own English-language site. It’s actually pretty hard to figure out the extent to which Wiz believes what he appears to believe. Sometimes I guess he does, and sometimes I sort of guess he believes he is impartially showing us what he thinks we need to know. Well yes, one does need to know this stuff – but would still prefer NOT seeing him throwing his weight around to drive away people with very different opinions. One supposes that the real deal here could be that Ron doesn’t want to lose a useful informant for his other functions.

  4. Wiz says:

    With a due respect, I ONLY take side with those who DO the RIGHT things … Nothing more!

  5. Amusing Thailand says:

    Thaksin always claims to be doing the right thing – but any careful observation of the man and his clan indicates that he is a complete chip off the poo-yai block – just far more intense and fanatical than the others. With Thaksin you get the merest smidgeon of the lipstick of reform – but he is still essentially an Orwellian porker. His (and their) real deal is always to subsidize his family and allies at the commoners’ expense – what I call Thailand’s welfare state for the rich. As everywhere, the best ‘good’ is undoubtedly done here by those people who neither buy the shirt or brag about what they do. You may thus be inadvertently taking the side of those who have long failed to deliver any good at all. Their propaganda continually tells us they are good, but it’s always goodness that never quite trickles down to the real doers of local society. Local media only ever reflect what they are told to reflect by their political and business paymasters. We really need to be listening to some other (less hoarse and less strident) local voices.

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