Political satires enliven Chulalongkorn-Thammasat traditional soccer match

In keeping up with the tradition of the Thammasat-Chulalongkorn annual football match, the pre-match parade today (Saturday) was packed with political satires manifested in the parade floats and effigies as well as flash card display.

Earlier fear of a ban or restriction of the political mockery displays by the military did not materialize although military officers screened the effigies and floats before they were allowed into the National Stadium and the long-awaited satirical show went on smoothly.

There were altogether six huge satirical effigies on display. One effigy depicted Nontok giant before his reincarnation to become Tossakan. Nontok was blessed with a magic finger which had tremendous power, but he abused the power for his own interest – an apparent reference to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan who allegedly enriched himself with ill-gotten wealth. The right wrist
of Nontok effigy was covered with a piece of cloth, when unveiled, exposed wordings which read “have returned to a friend” –a reference to his borrowed expensive wristwatches.

The second effigy was in the shape of an imbalanced scale that tilted in favour of tanks, submarines and planes over hospitals, medicines and health care. The third effigy was in the shape of land mass being rolled together to covey social disparity with the 20 percent of rich people owning 80 percent of the land in this country.

The fourth effigy depicted the Thai-Chinese highs-speed train project which was downgraded into medium-speed train project.

The fifth and sixth effigies mocked the Constitution which was amended to pave the way for the junta and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o- cha to stay on in power for a longer period of time.

The football match itself which was normally treated as a sideshow to the political parade which was the focus of public attention ended in a 1-1 draw.