Thai-language newspapers – June 15-17, 2005

Matichon

June 15, 2005

* Narathiwat - Police and soldiers check a fake bomb and a flag that the bandits left near an effigy of Thaksin along with a message criticizing him near Waeng-Sukirin Road. The message also provokes Thais and Muslims to be disunited.

June 16, 2005

* Udon Thani - Luangta Bua or Pratham Visuttimongkon said community radio Suan Sangtham 103.25 MHz never caused trouble to anyone. He wonder why this government obstructs the religious and bans many things although Thailand is Buddhist.

* Mr. Samart Rachapolasit, Deputy Bangkok Governor, reveals the progress of extending BTS 2 Project. Two lines - Silom line (Petchkasem-Taksin, 2.2 kms) and Sukhumvit Line (Onnut-Sumrong, 8.9 kms). He will submit the plans to the Bangkok Governor and forward to the Interior Minister to consider and approve. He also said most people agree to extend the line because it can solve the traffic problem. It can also be controversial because some people are afraid to surrender land to the government.

June 17, 2005

* Pattalung - On June 16, the police raid a lathe mill in the municipality. They are stunned to find a war weapon storehouse including TNT bombs, chemo bombs, M 9 bombs, bullet machines, 13 knives, and 2 axes. Mr. Itthi Wongsuwankhed, the 35-year-old owner, claimed that he likes collecting old things, but the police do not believe him. They continue to seriously investigate whether this is related the unrest in the three southern provinces.


Thairath

June 15, 2005

* On June 14, the source said somebody left a leaflet attacking Sanoh Tienthong in the main toilet at the Parliament building. It has a cartoon of Sanoh standing in front of parliament officials, the mass media, signatures by people who are not charmed his eloquence.

June 16, 2005

* Pathumthani - The police raid the second story townhouse at Thanyapruk Village that Mr. Chaisit Donchooprai is renting. He used to be a police officer and is now accused of being a drug dealer. The police found 20,000 drugs, 4 million baht in cash, 2 guns, and 5 mobile phones. This arrest follows a single complaint with the Satun police. It is believed that the drugs came from Burma and were stored in the townhouse before being distributed to the retailer.

June 17, 2005

* Suphanburi - Wat Tapkradan, Amphur Songpinong - People bought lottery tickets bring leis of flowers to respect the statue of “Pumpouang Duangjan” after they won with number 44--the age of Pumpouang. Also number 70 that her son got from consulting a "stick oracle." Meanwhile, Mr. Prai Pattano, the Lord Mayor of Haddyai, Songkhla won on four lottery tickets and won 32 million baht. He said his wife bought these at Tesco Lotus in Haddyai.

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