Weekly News Magazines: Suthep’s party and the junta, March, 2018

From Matichon Weekly, March 2-8, 2018
Main cover picture: People’s “Democrat”
Men in the picture from left to right: Abhisit Vejjajiva and Suthep Thaugsuban
[Refers to the news of the establishment of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee which will have former Democrat member Suthep Thaugsuban as head of a new political party.
This may cause competition with Suthep’s old party, the Democrats, led by Abhisit Vejjajiva.
The PDRC party pledges to support PM Prayuth to be PM of the next government.
This cover combines the words “People’s” from the new People’s Democratic Reform Committee and “Democrat” from the Democrat Party together to show their linkage.]
Top right: New blood “Thanathorn-Piyabutr” start up and establishes a new political party
[Refers to the new political party established by businessman Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and anti-junta Assistant Professor Piyabutr Saengkanokkul with the aims to get the country away from junta control.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, March 2-8, 2018
Main cover reads: “Inappropriate time”
People from left to right: Yingluck, Peathongtarn, Thaksin, Pintongtha and Panthongtae
[Refers to a photo of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, former leader Yingluck, taken in Singapore.
The article suggests the apparently deliberate circulation of the photo may not be good for the Shinawatras as it puts pressure on the junta to make sure the Shinawatras face legal consequences over the various cases they have lost.
As in lead ups to other elections seasons, Thaksin has raised his profile to suggest to his supporters that he is still keen to join in the political race. The circulation of this and other photos and the meetings Thaksin has had with Pheu Thai Party members are all thought to be part of the message that Thaksin is still in charge.
More about this: Thaksin shifts puppets]

From Manager Weekly, March 3-9, 2018
Main cover reads: “Strange” like this [yellow] Pee See: can do.
Men in the picture from left to right: Premchai and Pol Gen Srivara
[Refers to Construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta who was caught allegedly hunting protected wildlife including a black panther and barking deer in a world heritage forest.
This case has received the public attention as the public does not trust the police to investigate this case as the rich and powerful never are subject to the same legal consequences as normal folk are.
This was underlined when a photo circulated of Deputy National Police Chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul greeting Premchai in an unusually polite manner when Premchai showed up at the police station.
“Pee” means elder brother or sister. “Si” mean color and a person with color refers to a person in uniform, mostly meaning police and soldiers. This suggests a cozy relationship which will protect a tycoon like Premchai from any legal consequences.]
Top left: The conclusion of the 30-million lottery scandal. “Teacher Preecha-Jah Babin” lied. But… when will “reform the police”?
Men in the picture from left to right: Charoon Wimoon and Preecha Kraikruan
[Refers to the end of the 30-million baht lottery scandal which finally revealed that teacher Preecha and Rattanaporn (alias Jeh Babin) were alleged to have filed false complaints and giving false information to the police with the intent to cause others to face criminal charges. Those people claimed that the first prize lottery was their not retired police officer Charoon Wimoon.
This torturous investigation renewed calls for reforming the police so the public can trust them.]
Right: Disclose the list of 3 dangerous boxers; next fights of ‘Srisaket’ [will have] a remuneration of 35 million
[Refers to professional boxer Srisaket Sor Rungvisai who recently beat Juan Francisco Estrada and defended his WBC super flying weight title. Due to his victory, his next fights are believed to be with very challenging boxing and his remuneration can go up to 35 million baht.]
Bottom left: Only ‘Mae Karaked’ is not enough. Channel 3 reorganises (again) to solve a loss problem.
Couple in the picture: Meun Soontrontewa and Mae Karaked
[Refers to the famous Channel 3 drama “Buppasaniwas” (meaning they were husband and wife in a previous existence). Meun Soontrontewa and Mae Karaked are names of the leading roles of the drama. This drama helps to increase the TV ratings for Channel 3. Still it is not enough to help lift the fortunes of Channel 3 amid intense competition in the TV sector.]
Right: Buppasaniwas is coming. “ThepThaug’s Party” forgets “reform” and supports “PM Tu” only
Men in the picture from left to right: Suthep Thaugsuban and PM Prayuth
[Refers to the news of the establishment of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee led by Suthep Thaugsuban which will field a party in the upcoming election. The PDRC party vowed to support PM Prayuth to be the PM for the next government. This headline mimics with the famous drama “Buppasaniwas” meaning people who were related to each other in a past life referring to the close relationship between Suthep and PM Prayuth (whose nickname is “Tu”).]

From Lokwannee, March 4-10, 2018
Main cover reads: We will do as our promise… not really
[Refers to the junta that promised the public to have an election soon. However, they have used every mechanism to delay elections. This cover illustrates that while the junta is saying that they will do as they promise, they also keep their fingers crossed which means that they do not really do what they say. Meanwhile, people of all political colors raise up the anti-junta three-finger salute.]

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