Friday the 13th and Judge Freddy

From Komchadluek, July 10, 2012
[“Joss house” in Thai is pronounced “sarn-chao.” The first syllable is the same in pronunciation and spelling as “court.” Here, the joss house, used to symbolize the court, once again potentially blocking Thaksin’s return.]

From Komchadluek, July 10, 2012
The caption reads: Step back!
[The tank represents the revolutionary force of the Red Shirts and the joss house (as explained above) represents the court.]

From Manager, July 10, 2012
The caption reads: For the Pheu Thai Party, the story on the right hand side is more threatening.
[On Friday July 13th, the Constitutional Court gave its verdict on the government’s efforts to change the constitution.]

From Manager, July 11, 2012
The caption reads: The prelude comedy before the dreadful movie.
[This shows Thaksin ally, former PM Chavalit Yongjiyut, on stage. He has emerged at certain key times to take up the cause of Thaksin and the Red Shirts.]

From Thairath, July 6, 2012
The picture description reads: The force to protect the comedians
The word on the sign reads: Constitutional Court
The caption reads: Soldiers and police, step back just as the communists come.
The word on the uniform reads: Communist force of Thailand
The mouse men say: Move back soldiers and police officers, the communists come by themselves [come to protect the Constitutional Court], Stop hurting Thailand
[This is ridicule directed at the group of old communists in uniform who showed up at the court to protest the Red Shirt’s threats against the justices.
As the Red Shirt movement was created with a “red” theme to threaten revolution if their demands were not met, it is particularly galling to them when Thailand’s communists have not sided with them.]

From Thairath, July 9, 2012
The cartoon title reads: Keep the words to protect the justice
On the right: breaching the constitutional monarchy, dissolving the party and ban on political rights
On the left: 18th August, 2010 – If the government wants to revise the constitution, the charter drafting assembly should be set up to take care of the constitution revision of the constitution 2007 – 19 February 2012, they haven’t written it yet, how could we know that they will write it to benefit someone? We should wait to see as it might not be like what we think.
The word on the book reads: The draft on article 291 revision
The word on the sign that the mouse holds reads: Friday 13th, sweet dream for justice
The mousy man says: Wasan VS Jason

[The cartoon refers to Wasan Soypisuth, the President of the Constitutional Court judges who should lead the court judge to reach the resolution that base on the supreme justice as priority- Jason refers to the leading actor of the Friday the 13th horror movie as the verdict will be given on Friday the 13th.]

From Komchadluek, July 8, 2012
Thaksin says: So we will walk 10 steps each and then let’s duel.
[Referring to the threats the Red Shirts have made against the court if the verdict does not go their way. The joss house represents the court as described above.]

Earlier editorial cartoons on the Friday the 13th ruling:
Burning the Court for Thaksin
Abolish the Court
Shooting at the Court
Challenging the Court
Time to Burn the Court

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