Weekly News Magazine: Prayuth on Facebook, October, 2018

From Manager Weekly, October 20-26, 2018
Main cover reads: [left] Online [right] Offline
On the left: Prayut Chan-o-cha [list top to bottom] About, Videos, Posts, Photo, Community, Info and Ads [green] Create a Page
Above PM Prayth’s picture (from left to right): Like, Follow, Share

[Refers to different political actions between PM Prayut (left) and army chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong (right). Recently, PM Prayut, who used to refuse to join social media, has actively participated to gain support from the public in the coming election.
On the other hand, Gen. Apirat, who is staying away from all social media, seems to cut a more dignified figure (at least on this cover).
It shows that Prayuth is not reduced to a common politician while Gen. Apirat is in the realm of officialdom.]

Top: When the war ends, kill the knights. [red] A future of “Red Shirt leaders” have no future. “Big boss” [black] disconnect-ignore.

[This uses the Thai proverb “Kill the buffalo after finishing farming and kill the knights after ending the war” with a meaning like the English proverb “butcher the donkey after it finished his job at the mill.”
This refers to the uncertain future of Red Shirt leaders.
Some have been exiled and suffered from serious illness, such as Wisa Khanthab (left), Jaran Ditapichai (2nd from left with black hair), Somsak Jeamteerasakul (middle front) and Apiwan Wiriyachi (who died in 2014 the Philippines, third from the left in the back). Jatuporn Promphan (right) already served a jail term and have been released.
Most of these men started out as low-level politicians or desirous of political office, leaping to Thaksin’s defense and staging protests for him in the past.
However, their often revolutionary rhetoric along with the extreme outcomes of the protests (including sieges of Bangkok in 2009 and 2010) means that mainstream politicians have distanced themselves from these men who are seen as paid political agitators.
While some Red Shirt leaders had temporary protection from legal consequences by being made MPs under Phea Thai’s party list MPs in the past, this was when the party was fully in the hands of the Shinawatras.
Now it seems that political groupings are accepting the new reality of politics under the thumb of a military untied in preventing Thaksin bids for amnesty to paralyze the country again.
Some in Thaksin’s own party are probably relishing a chance to finally govern and reap the spoils of holding the reigns of power without being required to risk another showdown with the military over Thaksin’s desire to return.
Political grumbling from the Red Shirt leaders has been rumored as well with anger over being cut lose from the “big boss” (Thaksin) who no longer wishes to fund their activities in this new political reality.
As their political protection and finances dwindle, these men may face, not only legal problems, but violent reprisals over the many contentious acts and speeches they were involved in during past times of protest.]

Bottom left: Disclose the benefits of “Wild Boars The Movie” The copyright fee shall be divided transparently.

[Refers to the movie title “Wild Boars The Movie” which is about the Wild Boars soccer team that became trapped in a cave. The article expresses concern over the money made from this movie and that it should be divided fairly.]

From Matichon Weekly, October 19-25, 2018
Main cover reads: Welcome to Cyberism
The saying behind: I open my personal Facebook account to be another channel to communicate about the policy and work as well as to interface with the public easier. [red] If you have any suggestion, want to exchange views or want me to deal with the problem, you can share with me. Prayut Chan-ocha

[PM Prayut recently joined social media with the aim to promote his activities and gain support from the public. This can be dilemma for him as he cannot then avoid comments from critics of anti-junta groups.
The red text illustrates this concern and raise the question whether people can make comments different from the junta’s policy.
“Cyberism” expresses sarcasm about PM Prayut’s recent activity on social media where there is still doubt about freedom of expression by the public.]

Top: Set a flag for the future. Set the flag for world’s challenges. Biographical book Thanathorn Juanroongruangkit
On the book: Set a flag for [yellow] the future

[Refers to the release of the biography Future Forward Party founder Thanathorn Juanroongruangkit. He announced that he would fight against the dictatorship and bring the country back to democracy.
Such biographies, always lauding their subject, are common as political figures seek to build their reputations.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, October 19-25, 2018
Main cover reads: Variable

[Refers to Thaksin’s son Panthongtae Shinanwatra who has been formally charged with money-laundering. The title means that the case of Panthongtae will impact the future of the Pheu Thai Party and Thaksin’s political direction.
It was recently suspected that Panthongtae would be maneuvered into being the next head of the Pheu Thai as it is critical for a Thaksin family member head it.
Another line of thought was that a non-family member might give the party more credibility and mute the junta’s plan to paint it as a vehicle for Thaksin amnesty.
However, if someone outside of Thaksin’s family headed it, it might lead to forego controversial goals such as a rewrite of the constitution to provide a Thaksin amnesty or other path for his return to power. Complicating this, the leading figure for party boss outside of Thaksin’s family, Sudarat, is hated by the rural party bosses that represent the major political cliques of the party.
Thus, the legal cases hounding Panthongtae are a complicating factor for Pheu Thai Party leadership.]

From Lokwannee, October 19-26, 2018
Main cover reads: Ocha… isn’t it? [small] Welcome to ‘Tu’ digital
[Refers to PM Prayuth, who once insisted he would stay away from social media.
Now, with elections coming, PM Prayuth joined social media with the aim to promote his activities and gain support from the public.
The headline uses the word “Ocha,” part of PM Prayut’s surname meaning “tasty.” The headline means that people are relishing the drama of the PM on social media as he will face not only good comments but negative comments as well.]

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