Thai-language newspapers – January 23-24, 2005

ThaiPost front page - January 23, 2005
The front page of ThaiPost (right): The main headline is "Asking to search Pojaman's pocket"--political parties want to check PM Thaksin's wife financial assets.
Below the headline is a photo (also run in Matichon) from the Thammasat and Chulalongkorn football game. Students are carrying a large caricature of Thaksin replacing the constitution at Democracy Monument with a bag of money. The banner reads "Listen to democracy."

Matichon - January 24, 2005

* Nipit Intarasombat, the MP candidate for district 2, Pattalung, swears in front of the Emerald Buddha that the evidence of Nevin Chidchob buying votes is true. If it is not true, he will get a unusual occurrence within 3-7 days [because of the oath he takes].

* The State Enterprise Relation Confederation (SERC) will organize a seminar and caravan not to vote for the political party that is selling state enterprises this January 30. People can get more info on their website:

* On January 23 the provincial constabulary office of region 9 warns the commander of Pattani, Yala and Naratiwat to coordinate with all officers to prepare and control safety for unrest that may occur on February 2 which is the anniversary of the founding of the Pulo movement day.

* Apisit Weschachiva, Deputy leader of Democrat Party, announces its canvassers were threatened. Mr. Sumrit Linsumlit, the canvasser in district 2, Pitsanulok province, was shot at five times since he began to campaign for the candidates.

Thairath - January 24, 2005

* Between the devil and the deep blue sea! The female student protected herself from a guy she met chatting online who tried to rape her in a motel. She got in a taxi to go back to the dormitory, but on the way she was raped by the taxi driver who drove her to an area of Muang Thong Thani which has not completely built. Finally the police arrested the guy on the same night at 10:00pm.

* An 11-year-old computer game addict ran away from home. His mother informed the police and finally found that he was selling flowers at the Huaykwang-Ratchada intersection at 2:30am. He confessed that he and his friends like to play computer games and were persuaded by two young guys that they could earn money for smoking, glue sniffing, and game playing but selling flowers at the intersection from 1:00-3:00 am. [Gangs always control the children selling things at intersections.]

* On January 23 in Surathani province a female vocation student informed the police that she was raped by Mr. Saengroj Kanjana, the son of MP candidate, Mr. Chumpon Kanjana. Previously, Mr. Saengroj Kanjana allegedly shot and killed policemen in 1999 and 2000 and is still on the temporary bail during the appeal.