From Thairath, June 7, 2014
Cartoon title: Move forward to reform the right a way for the happiness of Thai People
On back of soldier: NCPO [National Council for Peace and Order, the name of the junta]
Phi Nooring: Become sacred as before
Mouse: Reconciliation must be fair.
[This shows soldiers lifting up a spirit house in the manner of soldiers in the famous photo of Iwo Jima during World War II. A spirit house is called ‘sarn’ in Thai, which is a homophone of the same word that means ‘court of justice’ and spirit houses are used to symbolize the courts which, in recent years, have come to prominence with their verdicts against Thaksin-backed governments and parties.
Both in 2012 and 2013, Red Shirts besieged the courts in Bangkok, threatening the judges’ lives and insisting that Red Shirt appointees replace them. These demonstrations coincided with major decisions that might have impacted the Pheu Thai government.
While the cartoon seems to support the coup makers or at least hold out hope the coup will reform the courts, the cartoonist is a supporter of both Thaksin and the Red Shirts and has been careful since the coup in his artwork. It is likely he is still being careful so as not to upset the military junta.]