Editorial Cartoons on the Pitekthai Rally

From Manager, November 23, 2012
On shirts of the men: Taxpayers
Man on the left: Let’s go to the King Rama V ground tomorrow.
Man on the right: I surely am going!!!
Caption: After 1 year of suppression… they start to find a way out.
[Red buffaloes refer to Red Shirt group’s supporters who have benefited from the government’s populist policies. This cartoon encourages people to join the November 24 protest to stand up against government policies to benefit the Red Shirts.]

From Thairath, November 23, 2012
Cartoon title: The emotions hanging over from the freezing mob [“Freezing mob” referring to the proposal to freeze politics for a number of years to eliminate Thaksin influence. This cartoon mocks the short duration of the protest.]
Left: Itching to fight, but there is no one to fight with.
Middle: I’ve just arrived. Don’t disperse just yet. [referring to protesters who wanted the rally to last longer]
Right: The [cement at the base of the] toilet isn’t dry yet. [meaning preparations to create facilities for a longer rally have not been completed]
Man mouse: Quickly come, quickly calm. [meaning the protest stopped sooner than expected]

From Post Today, November 25, 2012
Gen. Boonlert Kaewprasit says: Not ignited..!
[Reference is to the November 24 protest of the Pithak Siam group led by Gen. Boonlert. His stone-age clothing represents his idea to “freeze” the country. Generals from the 1970s and 1980s who try to insert themselves in politics are often portrayed as cave men. Here are some from the 1991 coup.]

From Thairath, November 25, 2012
Cartoon title: It’s not finished…. Will help carrying Big Song back [Big Song is Sqn. Ldr. Prasong Sunsiri, one of the November 24 protest’s leaders. He is well know for his ever-present pipe and has been suspected of being involved in nearly every behind-the-scenes power play in Thai politics for decades. It is interesting to see him depicted in a cartoon–his influence and power is such that normally even politicians only refer to him as the “devil with the pipe.”]
On the refrigerator: Freezer: the Pithak Siam organization
On the frig’s side: Seh Aii [Gen. Boonlert Kaewprasit, former leader of the Pithak Siam Organization and leader the November 24 protest]
Man mouse: Old soldiers won’t give up.
Phi Nooring: Carry back for revenge

From Komchadluek, November 26, 2012
Left: May I search protesters? Granny Mee, what’s in your canteen?
Middle, Granny Mee: Iced water, sir. It’s hot.
Officer: Then I must take you to the police station…
Right, officer: …On a charge of carrying a weapon to help freezing Thailand.
[Refers to the November 24 protest that called for a “freeze” of politics.]

From Manager, November 26, 2012
Gen. Boonlert Kaewprasit: Ha… Ha… I just bluffed you guys… And look, the whole cabinet wet themselves… Ha… Ha…
Sqn. Ldr. Prasong Sunsiri: Ai lerm just pooped. [Ai Lerm is Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Ubumrung.]
Caption: Old soldiers’ power
[This refers to how seriously the government prepared for the November 24 rally. The protest lasted less than 24 hours.]

From Komchadluek, November 27, 2012
Left: For people in custody according to the Internal Security Act…
Middle: …I repeat that we give them a special care…
Right: …Both a place to stay and food.
[The police officer is Pol. Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew, commander of the Royal Thai Police. The event refers to the Pithak Siam group protest on November 24. More than 100 were arrested including reporters and many were injured.]

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