Weekly News Magazines, December 31, 2016-January 6, 2017

From Nation Weekend, December 31, 2016
Main cover reads: Under the reign of the King Rama X

[The photo shows new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.]

From Matichon Weekly, December 31-January 6, 2016
Main cove reads: Strategy of ‘Khlong Luang’ (naja)

[Refers to the strategy of the officers trying to arrest Dhammakaya temple’s abbot Dhammachayo over money laundering charges. The officers attempted to arrest him, but have failed due to the mass of followers blocking the officers. Therefore, the officers have tried to block the temple’s gates to pressure Dhammachayo to surrender. “Klong Luang” is a district where the Dhammakaya temple is located. “Naja” is a suffix used in Thai by females to indicate politeness. The male abbot Dhammachayo uses the feminine term himself and is often mocked by the media for this affectation. Thus the headline jokingly refers to the seige that is going on around the area of the temple compound.]

Top left: Goodbye year of the monkey and happy [greetings] to the “a year of the rooster”
[Refers to change of the new year from the year of monkey in the Chinese zodiac to the year of rooster.]

From Manager Weekly, December 31-January 5, 2016
Main cover reads: Rising star-Falling star 2560 [2017]

[The cover refers to the new year astrological predictions of prominent people [clockwise]: PM Prayuth Chan-ocha, Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, actress Chermarn Boonyasak, actor Nadech Kugimiya, actress Davika Hoorne, actor Mark Parin, actress Pachrapa Chaichua, football player Chanathip Songkrasin, Thai football manager Kiatisuk Senamuang, professional golfer Ariya Jutanugarn]

From Lokwannee, December 31, 2016-January 6, 2017
Main cover reads: Certainly will have an election in the year 59 [2016], 60 [2017], 61 [2018]
Above the bus: I drive following the road map. Certainly you can trust us.
On the bus: Democracy 99-99

[Refers the junta’s continuous shifting dates for having new elections. Many groups have raised concern that the junta may not follow the previously offered road map of having elections this year.
This cover compares the junta’s promise to van no. 99-99. This van recently had a terrible accident that caused many to die. Those who oppose the junta have often raised this threat of future death and discord resulting if the military does not return to democracy soon. This counters the junta’s claim that polls show that the public is tired of politicians and is happy to see the military in power and enforcing laws.]

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