Weekly News Magazines: Yingluck’s fight, August, 2017

From Matichon Weekly, August 4-10, 2017
Main cover reads: Is it because of ‘destiny’
[Refers to the fate of Yingluck and the Supreme Court’s ruling on the rice-pledging scheme on August 25, 2017. Yingluck is lauded by her supporters as a PM who helped money get to farmers because of the program. They believe that Yingluck is a victim of the politics and is receiving unfair justice from the court.
The headline perhaps suggests that as a pawn of Thaksin, Yingluck is destined to be ruled against by the courts.]

Top right: Gone with the ‘river’ Question of the missing of ‘Ko Tee’ under the hand of the man in black
[Refers to the rumor among Red Shirts that hard core Red Shirt Wutthipong Kotchathamkhun (known as Ko Tee) was abducted or killed by a shadowy force of commandos on behalf of the Thai government.
Ko Tee had been running a radio station broadcasting into Thailand calling for the armed overthrow of the country and its monarchy and the establishment of a republic.
Ko Tee’s extreme rhetoric was not in sync with the mainstream of the Red Shirt movement which exists merely to enable Thaksin to return to political power in Thailand. Thus, another leading theory is that Ko Tee had to be eliminated by mainstream Red Shirts as his activities could provide the junta with a rationale to endlessly delay elections under the pretext that the country was at risk from existential unrest.
Others contend that Ko Tee purposely staged his disappearance, in keeping with Red Shirt strategy, so that groups such as Human Rights Watch would focus more attention on the country.]

From Siam Rath Weekly Review, August 4-10, 2017
Main cover reads: The chicken [white] sees the snake’s legs, and the snake sees the [red] chicken’s [white] breast.
[Refers to Thai idiom “the chicken sees the snake’s legs, and the snake sees the chicken’s breast” meaning two parties know each other’s secrets or know each other very well.
This refers to the fight between the junta and Yingluck on the rice-pledging scheme. It seems to imply that both camps have been locked in battle for a long time trying to exploit the weaknesses of the other.]

From Manager Weekly, August 4-10, 2017
Main cover reads: It’s still beating in our heart
Men on the cover: Somchai Wongsawat, Patcharawat Wongsuwan, Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, Suchart Muenkaew
[Refers to the Supreme Court’s ruling on acquitting former PM Somchai Wongsawat, former deputy prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, former national police chief Patcharawat Wongsuwan and former metropolitan police commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Suchart Muenkaew in the case of ordering a crackdown on anti-government protest People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), known as the Yellow Shirt in 2008. Due to this ruling, the PAD submitted an appeal to the National Anti-Corruption Commission on the Supreme Court’s ruling.
At this publication is allied with the Yellow Shirts and opposes Thaksin, it decries the acquittal.]

Top: Great at music. Disclose the life and Buddhist thoughts of [yellow] Odd-Kiriboon
[Refers to the life and way of living of well-known singer of the band Kiriboon, Ronnachai ‘Odd’ Tomyapariwat.]

Bottom left: A case of crackdown on a protest. PAD and NACC weakly fight… Lost since the beginning.

[The man is Pol Gen. Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, NACC chief.
Refers to the Supreme Court’s ruling on acquitting former PM Somchai Wongsawat, former deputy prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, former national police chief Patcharawat Wongsuwan and former metropolitan police commissioner Pol. Lt. Gen. Suchart Muenkaew in the case of ordering a crackdown of the anti-government protest People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), known as the Yellow Shirts, in 2008.
This case was raised by the PAD and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).
Some believe that the ruling was favor to those defendants as they had close ties with the junta, particularly former national police chief Patcharawat who is a younger brother of Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, considered the most powerful single figure in the junta.]

Bottom right: Learning from the lesson of flooding in Isan [northeastern Thailand] in 2560. “Only the water erosion, (no) broken dam” with the same question on the warning systems which never has any answer

[The man is PM Prayuth Chan o-cha. Refers to the flash flooding Sakon Nakhon province in the northeast of Thailand. The flooding caused massive damage amid the concern of dams breaking. The government and relevant agencies dismissed the concerns. However, the public has criticized the effectiveness of the warning system which did not work during the flooding.]

From Lokwannee, August 5-11, 2017
Main cover reads: Fight… Fight
On the water: Sorry for this inconvenience. This is the real natural disaster different from the year 54 [2011] which was mismanagement.

[This cover encourages Yingluck (symbolized by here nickname “Boo” or “Crab”) to fight the charges she is facing in the rice pledging scheme. The cover also points out that Yingluck was criticized for the flood of 2554 (the year 2011), but the flood in 2017 under junta rule was blamed only on natural forces. This is a joke nearly identical to this editorial cartoon.]

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