Above: From Thairath, by Sia, October 16, 2015
Cartoon title: Forcing… waiting to kill.
Yingluck holds a sign that reads: Asking for justice.
On the snake: Destroying politics. Two standards of justice. Rice pledge scheme corruption – Sue for damages.
Mouse man: There is no kindness.
Mouse: [It is the] resentment of losers.
[This refers to the penalties the junta is trying to assess against former PM Yingluck for the massive losses the nation incurred from the Pheu Thai’s rice pledging scheme.
The junta is trying to prove its mettle by using an extra-judicial order to simply seize Yingluck’s assets. This is, in effect, a confiscation of her assets not unlike the actions of the junta after the 1991 coup. Like lese majeste charges, this is being used to punish those who might act on behalf of Thaksin’s interests.
The predicament Yingluck faces is indeed ironic. She served as prime minister in name only and was not allowed to attend cabinet meetings when controversial decisions were made.
The cartoon also references Thai concepts about justice and fairness by contending that Yingluck is being judged by harsher standards than others. Those who face unfairness like this are understood to be justified to call for violent acting out to demonstrate their anger.
The mouse man is artist Sia’s caricature of Red Shirt activist Sombat Boongamanong, whose nickname is Nuling (or “mouse”). He always appears at the edge of Sia’s cartoons, often calling for human rights and reform.]