High tension in Thailand 2004-2008


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More newspaper front pages - November 27-28, 2008

"D-Day" newspaper front pages - November 26-27, 2008

November 2008 news items

Thaksin's foundation - November 18, 2008

Scenes from the DAAD rally - November 1, 2008

October 2008 news items

More scenes from around Government House - October 12, 2008

"Black October 2008"

Views around occupied Government House - September 14, 2008

Photo collection of the bloody night of DAAD vs PAD - The bloody war of Thais - September 9, 2008

DAAD rally site - September 3, 2008

Pro-Thaksin signs in Chiang Mai - September 2, 2008

Baby elephants - September 2, 2008

PAD's "final war"

Friday night and Saturday morning at the PAD rally - August 29-30, 2008

PAD at the British Embassy - August 19, 2008

Bye Thaksin - August 11, 2008

July-August 2008 news

Ready to fight - July 19, 2008

Sunday morning at Government House - June 23, 2008

Various sights at the PAD rally
- June 19, 2008

Northern People Council demonstration - June 7, 2008

Sunday morning at the PAD protest and map of the site - June 1, 2008

Sunday night PAD protest - May 24, 2008

PAD rally and Weekend front pages - April 24, 2008

Scenes from Thaksin's return


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Black billboard - September 20, 2008
It reads: Without the law that is practical/good, how the country go ahead/survive" [This appears to be a pro-PAD billboard to raise public attention about the constitution and changes that the PPP keep trying to make to absolve Thaksin and other banned TRT executives. It is this changing of the constitution for "personal benefit" that drives the current PAD protests and their call for a mostly appointed legislature.]

2007

"Elect one, get one free" - December 15, 2007

TRT executives' rally - November 30, 2007

Bomb near Army HQ

Various news October

Various news May-July

Various news March-April

Scenes from Referendum Day - August 19, 2007

TRT rally on August 15, 2007

UDD activities 2007

Frozen asset headlines

Anti-government rally on June 15, 2007

Anti-government rally on June 8, 2007

Thaksin TV? - June 6, 2007

Headlines and editorial cartoons from Judgement Day - May 30, 2007

Phone booth bombing across from Chitlada Palace - May 6, 2007

PTV protest - April 27, 2007

Phone booth bombing - April 10, 2007

PTV protest - April 8, 2007

PTV protest - March 30, 2007

PTV protest - March 23, 2007

The YouTube blocking

PTV blocked - February-March 2007

Yam Fao Paendin ends - February 21, 2007

Thaksin post-coup interviews

2006

New Year's Eve bombings in Bangkok

October-November-December 2006

Thaksin government overthrown in coup

September 2006

The car bomb plot - August 25, 2006

The beatings - August 22, 2006


August 2006

July 2006

June 2006

English lyrics to the Square-face Song

April-May 2006 news

Thaksin steps down


Anti-Thaksin protests on Rama I Road

March 26, 2006 - Anti-Thaksin protest at Rajaprasong

March 21-31, 2006 news

Pro-Thaksin demonstrators at Chatuchak Park

March 9-20, 2006 news

March 14 - What is on Thai TV now?

March 5 - What is on Thai TV now?

March 5 anti-Thaksin rally news

Photos of the March 5 anti-Thaksin rally

March 3 - Pro-Thaksin rally

February 27, 2006 - Protest moves to Democracy Monument

February 27-March 8, 2006 news

February 26, 2006 - Photos from the anti-Thaksin protests

February 26, 2006 - Putting out the truck fire at the anti-Thaksin protests

February 26, 2006 - Almost like being there: Start of the rally

February 26, 2006 - Dissolution headlines

February 13-26, 2006 - House dissolution and other news

February 11, 2006 protest news

February 11, 2006 - Photos from the anti-Thaksin protest

February 4, 2006 protest news

February 4, 2006 - Photos from Sondhi's anti-Thaksin protest


February 4, 2006 - Sondhi's protest instructions


January-February, 2006 - The Shin Corp sale


January, 2006

2005

November-December, 2005

More articles about Thai political issues on 2Bangkok
Book Review: The impurity of protest - Review of Democracy, Shaken and Stirred - The Royal Power controversy - Troubles in the South - Nationalism and Right-wing Politics - What is being said on the Samak-Dusit Show? - Website censorship in Thailand

Unlocking the Thai world
Thai-language newspaper headlines and editorials - Also: War and Peace at the Southern Border - Survey of Fah Diaw Kan - Poojadkuan columns - The end of a dayweekly - Thaksin dictionary - Political strife and accusations of misuse of aircraft


Events from July 2005 to April 2006

Media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul was once a supporter of Thaksin, but, like several of Thaksin's early supporters, he eventually became a critic. Eventually Sondhi's political commentary TV show "Thailand Weekly" was removed from state-TV because of its antigovernment rhetoric.

Meanwhile, Sondhi's newspaper, the highly influential Thai-language Phujadkarn (Manager), became fiercely anti-Thaksin and included several satirical columns such as Poojakuan.

While Thaksin's tough policies toward drug dealers (which resulted in the deaths of thousands) and personal profiteering merely received muted displeasure from the public, the real traction came with the Manager's promotion of a merit-making ceremony at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in April, 2005.

By October 2005, several websites, including the Manager site, started to run web-based articles on the April Emerald Buddha ceremony (along with a photo of Thaksin with his shoes on in the temple). The allegation was that Thaksin had somehow usurped traditional Royal prerogative by presiding over a ceremony instead of The King.

Email forwards brought this story to Thais around the world. This allegation did resonate with Thais and the Thai Rak Thai party faithful began to become uncomfortable with the unrelenting public criticism (Thai Rak Thai is the party Thaksin founded).

Meanwhile, Sondhi was continuing to perform his "Thailand Weekly" show live for audiences in several venues around Bangkok and started featuring the 'Thaksin at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha' incident as a major component.

This provocation was too much for the litigious Thaksin and a lawsuit was brought against Sondhi in court. A gag order on November 17 seems to indicate that the Manager newspaper and website can no longer criticize Thaksin until the case is resolved, but just how the order will be carried out in practical terms is unknown.

This is ultimately a high-stakes 'battle of the titans' between Thaksin and some of his powerful enemies. For instance the lese majeste charge against Thaksin on Thursday was backed by Ekkayuth Anchanbutr, one of Thaksin's enemies who also runs a website that has been promoting the 'Emerald Buddha' incident. (Interesting to note that the general who filed the charges, Kittisak Ratprasert, has often been involved in odd political events. He was one of the officers who tried to bring former PM Chuan money that was offered to the Forestry Ministry as a bribe. Chuan refused the money.)

February 24, 2006 - Thaksin dissolves the house and calls for new elections
April 4, 2006 - Thaksin steps down
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