Nov 12th, 2016

Both Are Rotten

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From Manager, November 7, 2016
Left: Do you find the least rotten one?
Right: Not yet.
Caption: America’s choice 2016

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More Thai newspaper headlines: Secure and peaceful because of your royal rule

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From Matichon, October 24, 2016
[Massive assembly of mourners outside the Grand Palace to sing the royal anthem in honor of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej.]

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From Daily News, October 23, 2016
Still be in people’s hearts forever [white] ‘Celebrities’ express joint mourning. [brown] A father of the land.
Top left are actresses from Channel 7.
In top circle: Araya A. Hargate (Chompoo)
Right: Actresses: Pimchanok ‘Baifern’ Luevisadpaibul and Davika ‘Mai’ Hoorne
Middle-left: Usamanee ‘Kwan’ Waitayanon and Pitchaya ‘Golf’ Nitipaisalkul
Left circle: Thanyares Engtrakul
Left: Mick Tongraya
Bottom left: Sudarat ‘Tukky’ Butrprom
Middle: Doctor Sorawit ‘Kong’Suboon
Right circle: Pakorn ‘Boy’ Chatborirak and his younger sister Wanmai
Left: Bin Bunluerit
[Refers to celebrities who did volunteer work to help and support the massive numbers of people who visited the Grand Palace to pay respects to H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej.]

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From Komchadluek, October 23, 2016
Title: Secure and peaceful because of your royal rule
We, servants of His great Majesty,
prostrate our hearts and heads,
to pay respects to the ruler, whose merits are boundless,
our glorious sovereign,
the greatest of Siam,
with great and lasting honor,
[We are] secure and peaceful because of your royal rule,
the result of royal protection
[is] people in happiness and in peace,
May it be that
whatever you will,
be done
according to the hopes of your great heart
as we wish victory, hurrah!

[Refers to the lyrics of the royal anthem titled “Sansoen Phra Barami.”]

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From Thai Post, October 23, 2016
Sansoen Phra Barami [Title of the royal anthem]

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From Thairath, October 23, 2016
Top left: Remembering King Chulalongkorn
[Refers to October 23 which is the memorial day for the passing of the King Chulalongkorn and a national holiday.]
Top middle: Hundreds of thousands of people sang “Sansoen” [the royal anthem] loudly at Sanam Luang. The conductor compares it to a water drop gathering to become an ocean. Massive numbers of people joined hands to sing… Continued reading page…
Bottom left: Arrest a Cambodian making fake passports sold in Rong Kluea Market.
Bottom left (below the above): Korat organized an exhibition showing old pictures. [black] The whole country remembers the King’s works.
Red box: Switching the track [The name of a regular column.]
Green box on the right: Recommend to donate dried food.
Below the green box: PM concerned fresh food will easily get rotten.

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From Daily News, October 23, 2016
Title: He is worried about Thai-Muslim people.
Middle of the 2nd row: History recorded. The Chief of the Muslims paid respect to the King.
Left of the 2nd para: I can’t read as it’s too small.

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From Matichon, October 23, 2016

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Sad Days: Thai newspapers front pages from October 16

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From Daily News, October 16, 2016
Main headline: “King Jigme” Pay visit to Thailand – with the queen and their little prince to pay homage. [Handsome King Jigme, the Bhutanese monarch, is very popular in Thailand.]

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From Daily News, October 16, 2016
Center headline: The new reign already began since 13 October 2016. “Wissanu” [Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam] reveals the Crown Prince says “Let’s not turn everything into the past so fast.” [meaning there should be no rush to crown a new monarch during the mourning period]

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From Daily News, October 16, 2016
“Kitarachan” – Songs written by the King for country of Siam.

[An example of the many commemorative newspaper editions put to to honor the King.]

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From Khaosod, October 16, 2016
Main headline: Wissanu indicate that the new reign of King Rama X has begun from 13 October 2016.

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Weekly News Magazines, October 28-November 4, 2016

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From Lokwannee, Nov 1, 2016
[The cover shows a picture of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away on 13 October 2016.]

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From Matichon Weekly, Oct 28-Nov 3, 2016

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From Nation Weekend, Oct 28, 2016
Main cover reads: I don’t fight with the people.

[This saying is a part of an interview the King gave to BBC on the communist insurgency. He said that he didn’t fight with the people (communists), but he fought with poverty.]

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From Manager Weekly, October 29-November 4, 2016
Main cover reads: Democratic form of government with the King as Head of State
Cover is pictures of members of royal families.
Top: L-R: 1st Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, 2nd Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, 3rd Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Mid: L-R: Princess Chulahborn Walailak, 2nd Princess Bajrakitiyabha, Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, 3rd (top) Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Chulahborn Walailak, (below) middle: Princess Soamsawali [for other, I’m not sure], Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya and Princess Bajrakitiyabha.
Bottom: in the middle: Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya

[This cover means that Thailand is properly a democratic country with the King as a head of the nation.]

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Sad Days: Thai newspapers front pages from October 15

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From Khaosod, October 15, 2016
Main headline: “Queen-Crown Prince” carried the body of the King to Grand Palace for the Buddhist Funeral rites and ceremonies. His body will lay on Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat. Along with Thai people who come to pay homage.

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From Matichon, October 15, 2016
Main headline: Thai wave. [many a great number are in attendance to pay respects] Most Thais pay homage as the cortege passes. Many are sobbing from Siriraj Hospital to Grand Palace. The Crown Prince is there during the bathing rites and Buddhist Funeral rites will be carried on for 7 days.

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From Thairath, October 15, 2016
Main headline: Thais, over hundred thousand sobbing during the motorcade to the Grand Palace. The nation is in sorrow, Prime Minister says to stay strong.

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Frugal

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From Naewna, October 19, 2016
Under photo of toothpaste tube: Toothpaste that our late King used.
Caption: We will follow in the way father did, by doing what is very close to us first.

[This references a famous photo of a tube of the King’s toothpaste which implies the King lived frugally by using all the contents of the tube. This is thought to show humbleness. The caption implies we can emulate the King by taking action in our everyday lives.]

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Follow the father’s model

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From Manager, October 18, 2016
Even if the world is not easy… challenges
But we must dare, insist, to fight
Follow the father’s model, expand his model with all our hearts
Without fear or anxiousness along the way.
By Surawit Weerawan
ON the book: Being sufficient/being humble
Caption: Life goes on!

[This is a Thai poem means that says that the world is difficult to live in, but we must live and fight any difficulty in our life. We must follow late king’s guidance and live without fear.]

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He will always be in our hearts forever.

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From Manager, October 16, 2016
The title: [in royal language] He will always be in our hearts forever.

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Weekly News Magazines, October 21-28, 2016

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From Matichon Weekly, Oct 21, 2016

[This shows Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn helping the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej with his coat. This is to emphasize the line of succession for Thailand’s monarchy.]

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From Nation Weekend, Oct 21, 2016
Main cover reads: He is always in people’s hearts.

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From Manager Weekly, Oct 22-28, 2016
Main cover reads: Love dad, Bhumibol

[Thailand’s beloved HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej is commonly referred to as people as their “father.”]

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From Lokwannee, Oct 22-28, 2016
Main cover reads: Shortage of black shirts, but shouldn’t mean a lack of consciousness
On a shirt: [Be] conscious

[This pro-Red Shirt/Thaksin publication seems to be pointing out that those who do not wear black during this time are not doing it as a choice, but because of the shortage of black garments. It contends that they are still mindful of the sadness of the time and are respectful despite the color of their shirts.]

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Thai people have been suffering enough from fighting with each other

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From Thairath, October 18, 2016
Title: Thai people have been suffering enough from fighting with each other… let me tell you.
Man at left: You are a bad man.
Man with glasses: If we don’t have a black shirt, we can wear neutral colors with black ribbon or black fabric.
Mouse man: The government needs to have a good explanation [of what is acceptable to wear].
Mouse: The Color of Shirts War.

[This pro-Red Shirt cartoonist is making a point about the vigilantism that occurred after some people were spotted not wearing black after the King’s death. Some took this as a sign of disrespect, but the cartoonist contends these people simply did not have black shirts to wear and chides the government not offering alternatives to wearing a black shirt.]

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Prostrating on the land is the same as prostrating at the King’s feet

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From Thairath, October 19, 2016
Holding hands and walking together.

[A call for unity.]

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From Thairath, October 20, 2016
Prostrating on the land is the same as prostrating at the King’s feet.

[All the land of Thailand is considered the King’s land since he has walked through every area of the country in his efforts to improve the lot of the poor. So, the cartoon implies that to prostate on the land the same as prostrating at the King’s feet (considered an admirable thing to do).]

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What to say to nations that give refuge to critics of the monarchy?

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From Thairath, October 27, 2016
Left, foreign reporter: Some countries give support to some Thai people who were found guilty of committing lese majeste…
Middle: …by giving them a place to stay. How do you react to the leaders of those countries in a polite way?
Right: Yes… those leaders should receive the same words as Obama received from Duterte.

[This refers to nations that have given refuge to those who attack the monarchy in Thailand. The cartoonist contends that Thais should tell foreign countries that allow this the same thing Duterte told President Obama–“go to hell!”]

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Wrong color shirt

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From Manager. October 23, 2016
Left, man in black shirt: Are you Thai? Why don’t you wear black!
Another man in black: Yes.
Two men in black: Boo…
Center top: Why don’t you wear black… don’t you love father?!
Center bottom: Love father… must wear black!
Right: You deserve this… you insult father!
Caption: If he looks down at us… father would not want to see this kind of picture.

[This illustrates the situation after Rama 9 passed away. Many reacted violently to those who chose not to wear black as a sign of mourning. The late king always extolled the unity of people so the attacks of Thai on Thai is thought to be the antithesis of the ideal of Thai society where all are unified.]

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The Sadness of the Nation

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From Arun, October 14, 2016

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From Manager, October 14, 2016
In the black boxes: A King who returns to heaven
With respect to your kindness
[first one signed] (Ngao)
[second one signed] (Bancha Kamin)

[Refers to expression of condolences by Manager cartoonists as they have only black boxes instead of political cartoons immediately after the King’s passing.]

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From Naewna, October 15, 2016
…May I be your humble servant in all reincarnation…

[This shows the well-known photo of a boy who paid respects to His Majesty King Bhumibol Aduylayadej during a trip to visit people in remote areas of the country. The saying in the cartoon is being widely used by people to express their devotion to the late monarch.]

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From Thairath, October 15, 2016
Bid farewell to His Majesty the King in returning to heaven.

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Title: Bid farewell to the King to return to the heaven.

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Father watches and worries from above

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From Manager, Ocotober 19, 2016
There are eyes, father looks, from the sky
Father watches here with worry
People on the ground, continue, training their heart
To be free from sorrow as Father wishes
By Surawit Weerawan

[This is a poem composed by Suwawit Weerawan about the passing of the King. The poem implies that even if Rama 9 is not here with us anymore, he still looks at us from above wishing us to have a happy and better life.]

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Who will discredit the government?

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From Manager, October 6, 2016
Left, Thaksin: I don’t need to pay you to discredit this current government anymore… because there are some people do that for free.
Red shirts: Who?
Right, Thaksin: These two.
Thaksin points at Prawit Wongsuwan [the deputy PM, actually the most powerful figure in the government, who has come under fire for a trip to Hawaii on a chartered Thai Airways plane] and Preecha Chan-o-cha [the prime minister’s brother who is embroiled in corruption allegations]

[This refers to the belief that Red Shirt leaders act only as paid agitators for Thaksin. However, this time around, the cartoonist jokes that figures in the junta are discrediting the government by their corrupt activities.]

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Thailand’s democracy: good enough for Americans to imitate

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From Manager, October 10, 2016
Trump and Hilary: We’ve learned how to run for an election from Thai politicians.
Caption: Thailand’s democracy: good enough for Americans to imitate.

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Reel struggle: unearthing Thai cinema’s lost classics

Reel struggle: unearthing Thai cinema’s lost classics – sea-globe.com, October 18, 2016
…The Thai Film Archive was founded in 1984, and initially focused solely on salvaging and storing film in an effort to make up for lost time. But for many films, especially those shot on cellulose nitrate stock, which is both unstable and highly flammable, it was a case of too little, too late. The archive’s founder, Dome Sukwong, estimated that only 1% of pre-WWII films survived, namely Pridi Phanomyong’s nationalistic 1941 epic The King of the White Elephant, and a one-minute car chase scene from Thailand’s first feature film, 1927’s Chok Song Chan (Double Luck)…

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On Thailand’s Late King and the Power of Goodness

On Thailand’s Late King and the Power of Goodness – lionsroar.com. October 24, 2016
…Even more deeply, though, the attitude of the media reflects something seriously awry in our culture: the inability to believe that a person in power can be earnestly good. Even the ideas of earnestness and goodness are treated with irony as things to be framed with quotation marks. This lack of trust in the power and possibility of goodness has had a corrosive effect on our own ability to do good. Instead of looking down on Thailand, perhaps we should look up to her late King for an example of how goodness can bring stability and peace to the people of the world.

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Uncle Sam and the leftists

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From Manager, October 9, 2016
Uncle Sam at left: Those University students are Chinese and Russian communists… you must handle them.
Left caption: Role of American on 6 October 1976.
Uncle Sam at right: Those soldiers are Chinese and Russian communists… you must go against them.
Right caption: Role of American today.
Sign: Thamasart University.

[This illustrates that idea that, as a pawn in the Indochinese conflict in the 1960s and 1970s, Thailand was urged by major powers like the Americans to crack down on the increasingly leftist and revolutionary activity of the Thai public in the years after the 1973 revolution. Thai culminated in a decisive right-wing crackdown on Thailand’s leftists on October 6, 1976.
The cartoonist contends this is a contrast to today, when U.S. policy seems to be friendly towards republican Red Shirts who oppose the military that the U.S. once sided with.]

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Love for the Monarchy: They Said We Were Brainwashed

They Said We Were Brainwashed – kalyakorn.com, October 21, 2016
…If you don’t understand the concept of how losing our beloved King could be so painful, at least, I believe, you would be able to understand the pain of losing someone you genuinely love and respect; Can you?
It’s not too difficult, is it?
Your life will carry on as usual, even when you don’t talk about us. But our lives… our lives have changed and our hearts brokened.
Let us grieve, let us mourn, and let us do what we want to do. Stop attacking us, at least not at this time of mourning. Be respectful to this great loss.

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Thailand’s Unique Monarchy

King Bhumibol of Thailand’s real legacy: remarkable political legitimacy – Washington Post, October 22, 2016
…For political scientists, classifying the Thai political order has long proved difficult — above all because the king’s unique role defies orthodox interpretation. The deeply personal, even enchanted, reverence for the Thai king and his role in the country are alien to Western ways of understanding politics. The ordinary focus on interests and institutions has little place for a charisma of goodness, tradition and semi-divinity that can wield real political power…

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Every shirt color blends

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From Thairath, October 21, 2016
Left: This moment is the saddest moment of Thai people for mourning…
Middle: …but there is still a little joy behind this.
What joy you’re talking about?
Right: Now every color of shirts blended to black color. (Khun Rungrote, Korat sent) [meaning that person sent the idea for this cartoon]

[This refers to the mourning for the departed monarch. The cartoonist notes that all Thais, regardless of their Red Shirt or Yellow Shirt political affiliation, have put on black shirts as a sign of mourning.]

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Farewell

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From Thairath, October 14, 2016
Title: Farewell in returning to the heaven. Sincerely.
On the sign: We love the King

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From Daily News, October 14, 2016
[The Thai number for “9” is in the sky to represent Rama 9.]

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Time to take care of yourself

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This is a widely shared drawing from a Facebook user who draws under the alias “The Portrait”]

Title: May I continue to serve beneath Your Majesty’s feet in all reincarnations. [A common saying that is being used often now to express devotion to the departed monarch.]
Left, boy: Is it a nightmare, dad.
Right, the King: I’m not here anymore so take care of yourself.

[The cartoon illustrates the King as the father of the country. He tells his son, representing the subjects of Thailand, to take care themselves and the country. It seems to imply that it is time for the people to begin to grow up as they can no longer reply on the King’s guidance.]

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All black

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From Manager, October 13, 2016
[The Manager editorial cartoonist have published black boxes in place of their cartoons to express sorrow at the passing of King Rama 9.]

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From Thairath, October 14, 2016
Title: The day when the heaven’s tears fall instead of rain

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Thai Newspapers: “The whole country is crying”

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From Daily News, October 15, 2016
Top: ‘The King’ passed away – Flying flags at half-mast – Public officers wear mourning clothes for one year
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & World leaders offer their condolences [The Thai public has a special fascination with handsome King Jigme of Bhutan.]
Right: King Jigme of Bhutan and world leaders offer their condolences to the father of Thailand. His Majesty King Bhumibol Aduylayadej passed away peacefully at Siriraj Hospital at the age of 89. He was 70 years reigning and passed away on Thursday 13 October 2559 at 15.52. The government asks that public officers… continue reading page 3 [In Thailand, as in many countries, one’s age is counted from the year one’s birthday occurs in. Thus, although the King did not reach the date of his 89th birthday (on December 5), he is considered to be 89.]
Below (a poem): The world is crying for the passing of the King. The sky becomes dark in the whole Thailand as our sorrow. Similarly, the sun is gone from the world. We together bid farewell to our King in returning to heaven.
Sincerely,
Si-Phrya Printing Company
Composed by Jurai Warasakyothin

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From KhaoSod, October 15, 2016
Top: The whole country is crying. The King passed away on 13 October 2559 at 15.52 at the age of 89 – 70 years in his reign
In box on left: His biography on page 2-3. He is still there in people’s hearts page 8-9
Middle large headline: Appointing the heir of the monarch
Sub-headline: King Rama X is the monarch. The PM said it followed the royal law from 28 December 2515 [1972]. Special cabinet meeting has already submitted this to the NLA.
Right: PM said His Majesty King Bhumibol or King Rama IX has already appointed the heir in compliance with the royal law on 28 December 2515 [1972]. The National Legislative Assembly will… continue reading on page 10.
Black box in the middle: ‘Somkid’ orders to hunt those responsible for speculation. Confirms Thailand still has potential.
Sub-headline: ‘Big Poom’ blamed those who spread the rumor and vowed to legally charge them. Asks people to trust in the prime minister. He can solve all problem so do not worry. Continue reading page 10.
[This was in response to rumors, particularly by foreign “experts” on the monarchy, that the country would become unstable after the King’s passing or that there was some dispute over the succession. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak together with Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan (or Big Poom) vowed to hunt those responsible for speculation that hurt the stock market.]
Black box at bottom: Set mourning for one year and stop entertainment for one month, Flying flags at a half staff for 30 days. The government encourages people to make merit, The government announced a mourning period of 1 year–governmental offices and educational institutions. Continue reading page 2.

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Weekly News Magazines, October 14-25, 2016 (The passing away of the King)

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From Manager Weekly, Oct 15-21, 2016
Main cover reads: May I continue to serve beneath Your Majesty’s feet in all reincarnations.

[This is a well-known and often reproduced photo of the King.]

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From Matichon Weekly, Oct 14, 2016
Main cover reads: Greatest sorrow

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From Lokwannee, Oct 14, 2016
Main cover reads: Return to heaven

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October 14, 1973

October 14 is the anniversary of the 1973 democracy movement that overthrew the “Three Tyrants:” Thanom, Praphas, and Narong

First stirrings of a passive population: …The salary of the Prime Minister at that time was Bt120,000 and the population was 39 million. Local newspapers still referred to Thais of Chinese ancestry as Khon Chine, while Thailand was trying to resume diplomatic relations with Red China after US President Nixon decided to befriend the Maoist state…

The news from 30 years ago: …A Daily News columnist pen-named Nui Bangkokthian suggested that Thais might conclude after the regime had taken this action that: “Students are still young and it’s better that they not meddle in politics. They should let adults handle it while they concentrate on their studies so they will have secure jobs afterward. And that should be it…”

More links:
Daily News, October 14, 1974

The 14 October 1973 Memorial – Lest we forget

Time: A One-Day Revolution Topples a Dictator

October 1973 Videos on YouTube

The “Three Tyrants” finally tell their side of the story

Absolute power in 1973: …If you broke the law back in 1973, you risked having the prime minister on your case – personally judging and sentencing you, as four military conscription officers discovered to their cost…

2003: Crystal torch damage seen as bad omen

2003: Government to officially recognize democracy uprising of Oct 14

2010: At the October 14 Monument

2010: “There were dead on 14 October 1973” and “There were dead on 10 April 2010” The 1973 memorial is at Kokwua intersection where a gun and grenade battle broke out between Red Shirts and soldiers in 2010

Kris Srivara: …Narong personally shot into the crowds from a helicopter. Thanom and Praphas resigned from their political roles, but continued to lead the military. They ordered more troops to confront the remaining demonstrators, but were blocked by Krit…

An editorial cartoon from 2013: Thai people 40 years ago would not understand Thai people nowadays

Earlier this month: October 6, 1976: A Nightmare of Lynching and Burning
Earlier this month: October 6, 1976 Student Massacre Remembered in ‘Politics-free’ Commemoration

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May we realize H.M Bhumibhol Adulyadej’s gracious kindness

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From Thairath, October 15, 2016
Title: May we realize H.M Bhumibhol Adulyadej’s gracious kindness

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