From Nation Weekend, March 21, 2014
Cover reads: Kamnan Forever
[‘Kamnan’ is head a sub-district. In this context it refers to Suthep Thuagsuban, secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee. He started his political career as a sub-district head in Surat Thani province.
Reference is to Lips Magazine, a fashion magazine, that featured Suthep Thuagsuban on the cover (instead of a model). The publisher dedicated the issue content to the story of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee.]
From Matichon Weekly, March 21, 2014
Cover reads: I am neutral.
[Picture on the cover is Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, commander in chief of the Royal Thai Army.
Reference is to Gen. Prayuth who replied, when asked about the political situation, that he is neutral. However, the article suggested doubt on his neutrality by making observation on Gen. Prayuth’s reactions to the anti-government protesters and compared with those of the Red Shirts.]
From ASTV Manager Weekly, March 22, 2014
Cover reads: Don’t imagine
[On the left is Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, commander in chief of the Royal Thai Army. On the right is Jatuporn Promphan, chairman of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, better known as the Red Shirts. Both men share the same nickname, Tou.
Gen. Prem Tinsulanont: The Army commander should read this. [referring to the sign at a military camp in Sakon Nakhon stating that soldiers are the last hope of the people]
Thaksin Shinawatra: I trust in Ai Tou very much. [Referring to the audio clip of conversation between Thaksin and Yuthasak Sasiprapha, former deputy defence minister in Yingluck Shinawatra government, in which Thaksin said he trusted Prayuth.
“Don’t imagine” is a hook from a popular song. In the article it is used to question Gen. Prayuth as to whether it is his imagination that the current political situation, specifically the Red Shirt’s movements, are not as serious as they are being made out to be. Meanwhile, another “Tou,” Jatuporn, is ridiculed for imaginative statements (or outright lies) made during his speeches at Red Shirt rallies.]