Time to Wake Up Thaksin: Weekly News Magazines, June, 2017

From Nation Weekend, June 2, 2017
Main cover reads: A characteristic of Thai politics (2535-2560)
In the frame is an earlier edition of the Nation Weekend: [pink] The return of Anand Panyarachun [blue] Nation
[Refers to Thailand’s patronage system under democratic rule which resulted from the 1991 coup and Black May 1992. Under this characteristic, the military overthrew the elected government and took power. After that, they tried to create legitimacy by appointed a respected outside figure as prime minister. Anand Panyarachun was such a prime minister who was appointed between 1991–1992 and once again in 1992.
This implies that present-day politics after the next elections will also feature an outsider figure a as compromise PM who is hostile to the existing political parties and cooperates with the military.]

From Matichon Weekly, June 2-8, 2017
Main cover reads: Question man
[Refers to PM Prayuth who recently asked several questions about the election to the public. His questions were implied that an election should be delayed until the reform of the country by the junta is completed.]

Top: Line’s message was ‘disclosed’ [yellow] Thunder prince supports ‘Mark’ to be the head and attacks the Democrat as acting like a slave of the ‘Big.’ [referring to junta head Prayuth]
[Refers to the disclosure of a LINE chat between Democrat member Theptai Seanapong and his friend. He expressed concern that, if the junta stayed longer, it may not be good for the Democrat Party. He was afraid that it would people to turn to support the Pheu Thai Party and its strident anti-junta stance.
He also accused some party members, particularly from the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) group, for strongly supporting military rule. He advocated avoiding people from the PDRC to have power in the party and instead.]

From Manager Weekly, June 2-8, 2017
Main cover reads: Sexy murder
[Refers to the case of the grisly murder of a karaoke bar girl. This murder has gained a lot of attention from the public. Recently, all the murder suspects, Preeyanut “Prew” Nonewangchai, Kawita “Earn” Ratchada and Apiwan “Jae” Sattayabundit were arrested after initially escaping in Myanmar and Wasin Namprom and Jidarat “Benz” Promkhun were arrested as well.
The case has made celebrities out of the suspects.]

Bottom left: (Not) happy ending. Keep an eye on a future of “Ploy” in the day after leaving Channel 3.
[Refers to famous actress Cherman Ploy Boonyasak who ended her contract with Channel 3 as there was a rumor that the Channel 3 didn’t extend her contract.]

Bottom right: 4 questions which they don’t want to answer. “Prayuth” set a bomb that sends a sign to “election-supporters” that the NCPO will stay longer.
[Refers to four questions asking by PM Prayuth about if an election is needed and how to ensure that an election would bring good politicians to the country. The questions are thought to imply that the junta may postpone elections until they complete their plan of reforming the country.]

From Lokwannee, June 10-16, 2017
Main cover reads: Don’t Tu.
It’s time to wake up ‘Thaksin’s ghost’ (again)

[The undercurrent of all recent politics is that Thaksin is the cause of the country’s problems.
The cover warns the junta to stop making false claims about Thaksin. Thaksin supporters, Red Shirts and Pheu Thai alike, claim that Thaksin has nothing to do with politics at all. So, on the cover, Thaksin is like a ghost who has already died and passed from the political world. However, the junta is trying dredge up his ghost by falsely blaming him for causing the problems to the country.
The word “Tu” not only refers to PM Prayuth’s nickname, but it is Thai the word “tu” meaning “making false claims.”]

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