Headlines and editorial cartoons from Judgment Day

Sent to be reborn - Thai Rath, June 1, 2007

Headlines and editorial cartoons from Judgment Day - May 30, 2007
Also: High tension in Thailand




A big question yesterday from overseas was "what was the chaos like in Bangkok?"
A Google search of the news returns 202 articles with "Bangkok" and "chaos."


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

Above: Soldiers in the lobby of the Manager TV studios

The day after - May 31, 2007
2Bangkok.com editor Ron Morris writes: Thanks to all who contributed to the forum thread on the dissolution rulings yesterday. 2B was not updated as usual during this breaking news event as I was part of a 12 1/2 hour broadcast (a record for the channel apparently) on ASTV2 for the Manager Group.

Chaturon vows to revive "Thai Rak Thai" party - The Nation, May 31, 2007

Thai Rak Thai to appeal against five-year ban - The Nation, May 31, 2007

First army area chief warns Chaturon not to incite unrest - The Nation, May 31, 2007

Thaksin says ruling against party "too harsh" - Reuters, May 31, 2007


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

Above: Visakha Bucha Day festival booths strategically placed around the outside of Sanam Luang to restrict access to protesters. A row of crowd-control gates and soldiers regulated the flow of people.

Constitution Tribunal judges have a grueling day - The Nation, May 31, 2007
It was a grueling day for the Constitution Tribunal judges yesterday as they spent well over nine hours reading out their joint verdicts in the separate cases against the country's two largest political parties and other smaller parties...

Abhisit's fortunes surge - The Nation, May 31, 2007

[Channel 3 cut off the following speech by Chaturon in mid-sentence fearing it could spark violence.]
Chaturon tells party supporters rulings against Thai Rak Thai unfair - The Nation, May 31, 2007
Chaturon Chaisang, leader of the disbanded Thai Rak Thai, told party supporters at the party head office that the rulings against the party were unfair.
He said the rulings indicated that the people, who had seized power, could set what was right or wrong.
He said the people nationwide would find the rulings unacceptable.
The crowd cheered to his speech.
Speaking at a rally in front of the party at about 15 minutes after midnight, he said Thailand was now ruled by dictators.


"Judgment Day" - Dissolution ruling

On the forum: Judgment Day verdicts & events

Are we really on the brink of chaos? - Bangkok Post, May 30, 2007
Some now ask whether those in charge of national security have manipulated information...


Country holds its breath - The Nation, May 30, 2007
...First Army Area commander Lt General Prayuth Jan-ocha, said all soldiers stationed in areas where confrontation with protesters was possible "must not be armed", except for those assigned to guard and protect government properties.
"There must be someone responsible for the first shot fired, but I don't want the whole thing to go that far," he said.
Assistant Army commander General Saprang Kalayanamitr, said military officers had "marked" five key Thai Rak Thai members who were believed to still have influence to mobilise mass support of TRT members nationwide.
The five were Sudarat Keyuraphan, Chidchai Vanasatidya, Prommin Lertsuriyadej, Newin Chidchob and Yongyuth Tiyapairat.
He said a large number of mid- and low-level mob organisers had also been "marked" in the North and Northeast by local military officers...


Fear of trouble forces schools to close for day - Police recommend businesses should also take a holiday - The Nation, May 30, 2007

Rulings made in tight secrecy - The Nation, May 30, 2007

Apathy about ruling the result of a failed democracy - The Nation, May 30, 2007

Countdown Begins - The Nation, May 29, 2007

Right: Links to TRT and Democrat websites

More on the political situation: High tension in Thailand


The light at the end of tunnel - Chairachawat, Thai Rath, June 1, 2007

Thai Rak Thai dissolved, 111 executive of it party banned, Democrats survive, unanimous conclusion of the constitutional judges - All small parties are dissolved also - Thai Rath, June 1, 2007

TRT dissolved, Ban 111 executives - Daily News, June 1, 2007

In a "Dewey defeats Truman!" type of headline, Matichon reports: The state attorney points to the conclusion 5:4 or 6:3 - not unanimous - Matichon, May 30, 2007
[This means that the Democrats would be dissolved with a vote of 5:4 and TRT with a vote of 6:3. This reading of the verdict harks back to the 2001 Thaksin asset concealment verdict that was deemed to be a peculiarly negotiated decision with some for and against with no clear legal reasoning overall. It is peculiar that Matichon printed this rumor that has been circulating for several weeks
.]

Constitution court [pulling democracy out of the fire] - Matichon, May 30, 2007



Curse of an early press deadline and one edition: Unlike high-circulation Thai-language newspapers that continually print undated editions around the clock, The Nation's one edition for May 31 has no mention of the momentous TRT dissolution and banning of 111 executives.
Update: A reader corrects this: ...contrary to what appeared on 2Bangkok, The Nation DID have two editions on the 31st, with the later one carrying the news of the 111 TRT execs banned.

From the TRT website: Make a stand to fight for people - with the principles of TRT - May 31, 2007

The end of TRT - Ban for 5 years - Democrats saved from dissolution - Matichon, May 30, 2007

The election committee stands fast - Cannot register [the party name] again - Party was dissolved - Matichon, May 31, 2007
[This is a reference to the Democrats and TRT threatening to reregister their dissolved parties under the same name. In the English-language press, this was variously reported that parties could register under the same names or that the legalities are vague.]

Dissolve party - Thai Post, May 30, 2007

The end of Thai Rak Thai - Ban executives for 5 years - The Democrats revel - Crowd assembled at TRT headquarters is adrift - Crying - Chiang Mai is afraid of mobs - Khaosod, June 1, 2007

Politics - Economy - Society - New toon by Ruth, Thai Post, May 30, 2007

Also: High tension in Thailand