Halloween horror for TRT members

Halloween horror for TRT members - The Nation, November 2, 2004
Black magic has apparently found its way into the run-up to next year’s general election, with several Thai Rak Thai candidate hopefuls having curses laid on them in what appears to be a case of voodoo politics.
Black-and-white flags bearing the names of several Thai Rak Thai candidates were found in holes last week at a deserted oil depot in Bangkok’s Klong Toei district...


[2014 note: Like many Thai newspaper articles from the early days of the Thai internet, this article is no longer online. Thus below is the complete text of the original article.]

Black magic has apparently found its way into the run-up to next year’s general election, with several Thai Rak Thai candidate hopefuls having curses laid on them in what appears to be a case of voodoo politics.
Black-and-white flags bearing the names of several Thai Rak Thai candidates were found in holes last week at a deserted oil depot in Bangkok’s Klong Toei district.
The names of Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan, actor-turned politician Danuporn Punnakan, television host Nitipoom Nawarat and several Thai Rak Thai candidates who have applied to contest the Sathorn-Yannawa constituency appeared on the macabre pieces of cloth.
Sudarat was responsible for handpicking candidates to run in Bangkok constituencies, while Danuporn has just been selected to contest the Sathorn-Yannawa constituency.
“I believe a member of our party did it,” said TRT’s Pairat Pannarai yesterday, adding that she and several others spotted one party member digging several holes one afternoon while they were visiting constituents.
Pairat said the party member told her the holes were for burying dead puppies in. Pairat did not identify the sex of the party member, who she said was “acting weird”.
Pairat inspected the holes and found that they contained three flags inscribed with politicians’ names.
All the prospective candidates for the Sathorn-Yannawa constituency were included in the list, except for one name, said Pairat, implicating that person in the black magic activity.
“It just spices up the election situation,” said deputy spokesperson Supamat Isarapakdee.
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