The Only Priority: Amend the Constitution

From Thairath, December 22, 2012
Cartoon title: Good eyes, you win… bad eyes, you lose!
On the cups from left: Casting vote for the third agenda; Amend by section; Referendum [this refers to the debate the government has been engaged in internally concerning the best way to amend the constitution]
On the book spine: ’07 Constitution
In the hooded figure’s hands on the right corner: Oppose constitution amendment
Phi Nooring: A bet on the government’s future
Man mouse: Use your brain.

From Komchadluek, December 23, 2012
[This cartoon that no other problems, including natural disasters, matter to the government as it only cares about amending the constitution. The cloud is in the shape of Democracy Monument.]

From Komchadluek, December 22, 2012
The voice says: Listen men!! No matter what, we must capture that island.
[The island is the Constitution Monument on Ratchadamnern Avenue. This implies that the the cabinet led by the Pheu Thai Party is strongly focusing on amending or rewriting the constitution.]

From Komchadluek, December 25, 2012
“Push the Constitution up a hill!!”
[In Thai, there is the idiom “push mortar up a hill”, meaning trying to do something really difficult or almost impossible. The cartoon shows Thaksin trying to push Democracy Monument–representing the constitution–up a hill.]

From Manager, December 26, 2012
Caption: A rancher’s math
Thaksin Shinawatra: We have 15 million buffaloes… if we buy 9 million pigs… how many animals will our farm have in total?
The man sitting in the middle: 24 million?!!
[Man sitting in the front is Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan. The woman sitting behind is another key leader of the group, Thida Thavornset. 24 million is the minimum number of voters the government needs for the referendum on the constitution to be valid. In the Thai world, referring to a person as a buffalo is an insult and here it is used to disparage Thaksin’s Red Shirt supporters.]

From Thairath, December 21, 2012
Cartoon title: Supporters vs Corner men… against each other!
In hand of the hooded man on the stage: Oppose the constitution amendment
On his shirt: Ordered to suppress the people
On his robe: 100 dead bodies
In Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s hand: Constitution amendment
On arm of the second and third men from left, and of man on the right: Pheu Thai
On suit of the second man from right: UDD [United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship]
The third man from left: Appointing a CDC [Constitution Drafting Committee]; amend by section
UDD member: Voting for the third agenda
Man on the right: Rewriting the whole new constitution
Phi Nooring: You must talk among each other.
Man mouse: Different ideas, but not discordant.
[this refers to the debate the government has been engaged in internally concerning the best way to amend the constitution]

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