The two papers start with different ages for the person quoted. The Nation states "hundreds" of people disappeared while the Post reports "missing could be as high as 50." The Nation article concludes with quotes that relates Black May to the present day saying Thailand is now a "capitalist dictatorship" and also has a separate editorial (see below) accusing Thaksin of leading Thai democracy down a 'blind alley" and even weaving in the airport scanner scandal. The Post concludes its article with a call for an amnesty law and cautiously notes that state officials were accomplices in most cases.
BLACK MAY REMEMBERED: One woman's plea for justice - The Nation, May 17, 2005
still hopes to see missing son
- Bangkok Post, May 18, 2005
...Thaksin came to challenge Thais clamouring for reform, defy the legitimacy of the Green Flag spirit and probably expose the nations true identity. In the space of four years, the fight for political transparency and civil liberty has became, once again, a back-to-the-wall job. And Thaksins great escape from the share-concealment scandal was not as significant as the empathy or even cheers that greeted it. All of a sudden, the belief that we need a good system in order to have good politicians was shattered by the ancient doctrine that a leaders survival and that of the country were inseparable...
Nothing is as damning as our political systems pathetic response to the Suvarnabhumi Airport bribery scandal. The government is blaming the media for ruining the countrys reputation...