Nov 7th, 2009

Old photos of Thai cinemas

Old photos of Thai cinemas – November 7, 2009
Serious appreciation of Thai cinemas
Sri Muang Theatre, 1956
Sri Muang Theater, 2006
[Thanks to Jack for pointing this out.]

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Thaksin on a mission to humiliate Thai government

Thaksin on a mission to humiliate Thai governmentAP, November 7, 2009

[2015 note: Like many newspaper articles from just a few years ago, this article is no longer online. Below is the complete text of the original article.]

BANGKOK — Thailand’s fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has spent much of the past three years roaming the globe, shopping for diamonds in Africa, golfing at Asian resorts – and humiliating the government from a distance.

Now, the deposed and divisive ex-leader is an economic adviser to the government of neighboring Cambodia, and that’s too close for comfort for Thailand’s current leadership.

The appointment earlier this week by Cambodia’s mercurial Prime Minister Hun Sen has jangled nerves in the Thai capital and entangled both countries in a diplomatic brawl that prompted Thailand first and then Cambodia to recall their ambassadors Thursday.

Hun Sen had soured already tense relations last month by offering Thaksin a home in Cambodia and vowing not to extradite him. The comments rattled Thailand, which has a nasty dispute with its neighbor over border territory that led to several small but deadly clashes over the past year and a half. Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 coup after being accused of massive corruption and now helps lead the opposition from abroad.

Analysts say Thaksin’s latest move could be the launch-pad for a political comeback.

“Thaksin is on a new offensive. This is a calculated campaign to undermine this government and to change governments,” said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a political science professor at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University. “He wants to retake what he sees as his legitimate right, which is to have another election that he believes he will win.”

For the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Cambodia’s action is a slap in the face it feels compelled to respond to. It called the appointment an “interference in Thailand’s domestic affairs.”

Thaksin is believed to be in Dubai. He has not indicated if he plans to live in Cambodia or spelled out how he will perform his new dual role as personal adviser to Hun Sen and an economic adviser to his government.

From cyberspace, Thaksin tweeted to his 40,000 Twitter followers that Abhisit’s recall of the Thai ambassador was a “childish overreaction.”

“I’m asking permission from all Thai people to advise the Cambodian government … until I have a chance to serve you again,” he tweeted separately, calling his new job “an honor.”

Thaksin, a tycoon turned politician, was elected by landslide wins to serve two terms as prime minister from 2001 to 2006. He retains huge popularity among his rural poor power base who have staged frequent rallies calling for his pardon and return to power. But he is reviled by the educated urban elite, who led months of street protests that led to the coup and again when his allies briefly took power.

Efforts to minimize Thaksin’s role in Thai politics have failed. Thai courts have sentenced him to two years in prison for corruption while in office and dissolved his political party, while his Thai assets worth $2.25 billion have been frozen and his Thai personal and diplomatic passports canceled.

Britain, Germany and other countries have barred Thaksin, but there were no shortage of others willing to accept his investment offers and hand over new passports, including Nicaragua and Montenegro.

Thaksin posts photos of his travels on Facebook. Recent snapshots show him golfing in Brunei and Dubai, inspecting diamond mines in South Africa, sipping coffee in a private jet and meeting prime ministers or presidents on trips to Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea and the Maldives.

Investment in diamond and gold sectors has led Thaksin to Liberia, Uganda and Swaziland, prompting one tweet in August after negative headlines at home: “I’ve checked several times that my diamonds are not blood diamonds. Don’t worry.”

Thaksin’s new relationship with Hun Sen is bound to revive speculation of private business deals between the two while he was prime minister.

No such ethical doubts dog current Prime Minister Abhisit, but he faces the challenge of how to calm the political maelstrom around Thaksin.

“Thailand is now in the international spotlight and its leader has been discredited,” said Sompop Manarungsan, a political economist at Chulalongkorn University. “The strategy Thaksin is using, I call it ‘crashing.’ He is destroying everything in his path to reach his goal.”

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Fish massage


(Photo: Tom)

Fish massage – November 7, 2009

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“Siamese artillery”

“Siamese artillery” – November 7, 2009



1950s Bangkok street scene
– November 7, 2009

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Thailand’s shadowy southern insurgency

Thailand’s shadowy southern insurgency BBC, November 6, 2009
So far the wars of the 21st century have revolved around insurgencies with nameless, faceless and often fearless fighters bombing, shooting and beheading with little care for their own lives…
[Thanks to Mud for pointing this out.]

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Wax Thai musician

Wax Thai musician – November 6, 2009
Jack writes: Love your site, finally i get a chance to contribute! here’s the link to: May 11, 1925 – William H. Egberts of National Museum with Siamese musician
And the large size.

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Suan Dusit Poll: 72.11% disagree with the “Pattani City” idea

Suan Dusit Poll: 72.11% disagree with the “Pattani City” idea – November 6, 2009
72.11% of respondents disagree with Pheu Thai chairman Chavalit Yongchaiyudh’s proposal for a “Pattani City” autonomous area in the Deep South. 17.31% agree and 10.58% are not sure. Suan Dusit interviewed 364 people for the survey.

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Red Publications – November 2009

Red publications index

From Truth Today, November 20-23, 2009
The headline reads: 15 million – Confessing the sin – False witness – Dissolving Thai Rak Thai Party!

[This was part of a series of well-timed initiatives this month to keep the pressure on the government.
General Panlop Pinmanee (photo below), Pheu Thai party member and former vice chairman of the Internal Security Operations Command, presented two witnesses to the press who he claimed were bribed 15 million baht each by the Democrats to give false evidence that led to the dissolution of the Thai Rak Thai party in 2007.
The two were Sooksan Chaiyatead, former Pattana Chart Thai Party director, and Chawakarn Tosawat, former Pattana Chart Thai MP.

General Panlop is a colorful personality who was alleged to have been behind anti-Thaksin initiatives before the 2006 coup including a failed car bomb attack. He is one of several personalities in both the military and police forces who relish the spotlight and are called upon when controversial charges are to be leveled in public. This has led to his inclusion in the pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai Party and his role here in announcing the alleged discovery of the bribery.
However, like most of the recent initiatives by the pro-Thaksin camp, this
failed to get much traction and the government is threatening to sue Panlop for his accusations.]

 

From Truth Today, November 20-23, 2009, Column: Want to have something in mind, Author: Nuttawut Saikua
The headline reads: The end of the dancer [The article criticizes PAD gatherings as the final scene presented before the end of a show – meaning it is just the final part of the exercise of dictatorial power.]

From Truth Today, November 20-23, 2009
The headline reads: The informal debt problem of poor people – the aristocrat government will not solve [This refers to the government program to register loan-shark debts. This program has been heavily promoted and is designed to cut into the Pheu Thai rural voter base.]

From Truth Today, November 20-23, 2009
The headline reads: The Abhisit government tells lies about "moving on the right track-the economic recovery?" [This refers to the apparent better news on the economy and the government touting of their success in this area.]

From Truth Today, November 24-26, 2009
The headline reads: One year of the Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang Airport – Terrorists are still at large [Referring to last year’s siege of the airports by the PAD.]

From Truth Today, November 24-26, 2009
The headline reads: [Between] genuine gold and the worn scrap paper
[The writer compares the Democrat-led government to a worn scrap of paper that is waiting for the day to be scraped.]

From Truth Today, November 24-26, 2009
The headline reads: Linking Thailand and Cambodia – The prestige of Thaksin-Chavalit

From Truth Today, November 24-26, 2009
The headline reads: This publication contains [these stories]:
Dr. Thaksin –
Recommending the book "Thais’ catastrophe"
and 18 interesting issues that are not found in other publications!!!
Piengdin [an astrologer] suggests the heroism for the three red companions [Veera, Nuttawut, Jatuporn, leaders of the Red Shirt movement] and a good story from Warotah and Watatawan [writers/columnists]
Let’s know the man who loves Democracy as much as his life –
Second Lieutenant Chalard Worrachat

From Thai Red News, Column: People’s Court, November 20-26, 2009
The headline reads: The demotion of police officers who retire is clearly against the law [This refers to the recent contentious police reshuffle.]

From Thai Red News, Column: Meet red shirt doctor, Author: Doctor Rasamee Wannisorn, November 20-26, 2009
The headline of the article is read: Meet the doctor 2/3
[Part of the Red Shirts’ series of historical articles about people power revolutions overthrowing fascist and royal regimes.
]

From Thai Red News, Column: Here choose the side, Author: Jin Jantorn, November 20-26, 2009
The headline reads: Double standard destroying the nation, destroying the land

From Thai Red News, November 20-26, 2009
The main headline reads: Causing suffering to others, you yourself will suffer – The evil PAD opposing Thaksin!

From Truth Today, November 17-19, 2009
The headline reads: The hearts of Thais and businessmen and the government that goes nuts

From Truth Today, Column: Open up the issue that is not gossip, November 17-19, 2009
The headline reads: attempt to assassinate Thaksin –
The evil instinct of the old and lustful soldier [this undoubtedly refers to Privy Councilor Prem]

From Truth Today, November 17-19, 2009
The headline reads: Second nature of the Democrat aristocrats – Turning white into black

From Truth Today, November 17-19, 2009
The headline reads: Turning the white into black – The second nature of the Democrat aristocrat
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From Truth Today, November 17-19, 2009
The headline reads: Once I am the advisor to Cambodians

From Truth Today, November 27-30, 2009
The headline reads: The Burmese dynasty, the final period of the Monarchy system –
(18) Foreigners need to adjust their habits following the Burmese people

From Thai Red News, November 27-December 3, 2009
The headline reads: When NGOs in Thailand become enemy of Pol. Lieutenant Thaksin

From Thai Red News, November 27-December 3, 2009
The top headline reads: Special interview former Labor Minister – Ladawan Wongsriwong
The main headline reads: Mourning Samak Sunadaravej – former Prime Minister – Victim of the aristocracy
The quote from Thaksin at the bottom: Thank you Thai Red News readers who support and are concerned about me. I would like to send my best wishes and concern for everyone – November 20, 2009

From Truth Today, November 27-30, 2009
The headline reads: The new fight of the Red Shirts

From Truth Today, November 27-30, 2009
The headline reads: Mourning the PM [who has] brave speech and venerates the institute [venerates the monarchy] – Samak Sundaravej – Page 16-17
First war – F16 Thai [referring to the alleged attempt of the government to capture Thaksin’s plane on its way from Cambodia]

From Truth Today, November 27-30, 2009
The headline reads: Related to the charge of bringing aliens to join the gathering
A quote highlighted on the page reads: As I was the one who once joined the fighting of that era, I insist that the college student groups, the people who are devoted to the nation and democracy and the reform group had not brought foreigners to join the gathering.
[This article refers to the charge that the Red Shirts intended to bring foreigners to Bangkok to swell their ranks during the million-man march.]

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Software police target Phuket businesses

Software police target Phuket businesses Phuket Gazette, November 5, 2009
…A list of 1,000 suspect companies nationwide compiled by the ECD has been based on tips, some anonymous. These are typically from sources within the target companies.
…The raided companies came from a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, real estate, automobiles, shipping, design and engineering…

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Thai woman and lover jailed over murder

Thai woman and lover jailed over murder Harborough Mail, November 5, 2009
…Unlike British law, where trials can takes weeks if not months, Thai justice proved swift.
Statements for prosecution and defence were given last Thursday and a Roi-Et courtroom found the defendants guilty.
The hearing was adjourned until yesterday, when Mr Beeston’s wife and Channondon were sentenced to life behind bars…

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Dwarf banana now multiplied

Dwarf banana now multipliedManila Bulletin, November 5, 2009
…Now christened Mama Sita banana, it was introduced from Thailand a few years back through the initiative of the Mama Sita Foundation…

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Pornthip: Big shots could be behind the heinous crimes in Thailand’s Deep South

Pornthip: Big shots could be behind the heinous crimes in Thailand’s Deep South mysinchew.com, November 4, 2009
…She believed that these militants might need plenty of funds to finance their actions, and it was therefore possible that they had paired up with local crime syndicates, or been involved in smuggling and other illegal activities in order to rake in the profits.
“As what I understand, it is very likely that they have been sponsored by the politicians…”

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“Editorial coverage of Hun Sen is not fair”

From Truth Today, October 27-29, 2009
The headline reads: Lead actor of the Asean Summit [The photo is of Cambodian PM Hun Sen who grabbed headlines at the summit with his comments supporting Thaksin.]

“Editorial coverage of Hun Sen is not fair” The Nation, November 3, 2009
The Cambodia Ambassador vigorously defends Hun Sen: …Fourth, Prime Minister Hun Sen did not permit “… himself to be part of a cheap ploy by … Thaksin to steal the spotlight from a major international event”, as you have wrongly alleged. You need to better learn about Samdech Techo Hun Sen. He does not need to appear in the Thai media. He only wants to be clear to everyone on what he will do…

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Prem, Prem, Prem

From Thai Red News, Column: I am Thai, my heart is red, Author: Thanachot Wongjanchompoo, October 23-29, 2009
The headline reads: Who is the betrayer of the nation?

 

From Voice of Taksin, December, 2009 – Photoshopped image showing Privy Councilor Prem riding a buffalo with the eyes of Prime Minster Aphisit

Prem, Prem, Prem – November 3, 2009
Red publications index

Remember the days when it was claimed that the political turmoil by Thaksin had nothing to do with Prem? Here is a selection of attacks on Prem–most from the latter part of October 2009 when red publications started focusing heavily on him.

Red News, Column: Cyber Warrior Author: Thai farmers’ son, November, 2009

The headline reads: Prem – A cause  of conflicts, [he] should sacrifice to the nation and the monarchy by resigning

From Thai Red News, October 23-29, 2009
At the top: Return power to the people to compensate HM King’s benevolence and the land. Dissolve parliament!
Special column: Assoc Prof. Dr. Pichit – Reform Democracy
Main headline: Great aristocrat brokenly resists
against Jew’s entering into Pheu Thai [The "great aristocrat" is Prem who was said to have warned Chavalit, whose nickname is Big Jew, about joining Pheu Thai and causing more conflict.]

From Truth Today, October 27-29, 2009
The headline reads: The misstep of Prem, the aristocrat

From Truth Today, Column: Thais know [the game], October 27-29, 2009
The headline reads: Who is the true betrayer of the nation [Again referring to Prem’s alleged comment to Chavalit to be careful about joining Pheu Thai.]

From Truth Today, Column: Break through the top boot, Author: Kaen Morrakot, October 20-22, 2009
The headline reads: Prem fights despite acknowledging the loss

From Truth Today, Column: Red Station, Author: Jatuporn Prompan, October 20-22, 2009
The headline reads: Prem is not the nation

From Truth Today, Column: Moon Wien Plien Tid, Author: Viphuthalaeng Pattanapoomthai, October 20-22, 2009
The headline reads: Gen Prem Tinasulanonda, the biased man

From Truth Today, October 20-22, 2009
The headline reads: Raging clash – aristocrat and democracy

[Along with Prem is a photo of occasional Red Shirt supporter Chavalit Yongjiyut, former Prime Minister and former commander in chief of the army.]

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1915 – Buddhist monks at tea

1915 – Buddhist monks at tea

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Former Thai PM to visit his ‘brother’ Than Shwe

Former Thai PM to visit his “brother” Than ShweThe Irrawaddy, November 2, 2009
…Chavalit is a former Thai Prime Minister who worked to end Burma’s isolation in the international community after the violent suppression of the uprising in Burma in 1988. He was involved in business deals with the Burmese junta in timber, fishing and hotel construction.
On his second visit to Burma in 1989 Chavalit agreed to repatriate student activists who fled to Thailand after the crackdown.
In another controversial move recently, Chavalit said the current Thai government was wrong to condemn the Burmese junta over opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest…

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B350m army airship “next to useless”

B350m army airship “next to useless”Bangkok Post, November 2, 2009
An airship imported by the army to carry out patrol and surveillance work in the lower South is next to useless as it is not equipped with the essential cameras the US supplier promised, an army source says…

Surveillance plan groundedBangkok Post, November 3, 2009
…Spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd yesterday said deployment had been complicated by the US reluctance to supply the two high-resolution surveillance cameras for the plane-shaped balloon…

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Wanted: Pornthip’s head!

Wanted: Pornthip’s head!mysinchew.com, November 1, 2009
…Since then, she has been told by the police that her head was wanted by certain people in southern Thailand.
“They offered at least one million baht (approximately RM100,000) for my head, but I’m not afraid of it!…

Tracking down the bombing mastermind mysinchew.com, November 2, 2009
…Thanks to the mysterious death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock, Malaysians get to know this fashion-conscious legendary woman…

The sensational side of Pornthip Rojanasunan mysinchew.com, November 3, 2009
…But her backpack is quite unlike what other women would carry, full of cosmetics and sort.
Inside her backpack are all kinds of chains and rings which are related to Buddha.
Besides, there are also pictures of the Holy Priest as well as the late kings of Thailand…

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Steaming to Ayutthaya

Steaming to AyutthayaBangkok Post, November 1, 2009
On a few special days each year, roaring, antique trains carry delighted passengers along the rails to the old capital of Siam…

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Wat Phra Kaew and Gas Station


(From Vintage postcard)

Wat Phra Kaew and gas station
Circa 1950s?

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Siamese children

Siamese children
Photograph by “Robert Lenz and Co.”

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Thailand 1968

Thailand, 1968 – June, 2009
Scans
from a series of Bangkok Post newspapers. Besides showing that the Post has not updated its front page layout in 40 years, there are groovy advertisements, news of banditry in the Northeast and on the klongs, statements from Thailand’s "strong man" dictator, and astonishing 60s-era hairstyles…

Bangkok, 1968

Don’t miss one! The newspapers of the late 1960s are full of the wit and wisdom of Thai "strongman" and Deputy PM Prapass. Below, he muses on psychedelic atmosphere of 1968.

Below: Bangkok Post, November 14, 1968

 

 


Above: Asia Magazine (insert in the Bangkok Post), October 27, 1968

Thanom presides at trooping of colours – Bangkok Post, November 9, 1968


Americans in Bangkok pleased – Bangkok Post, November 8, 1968

"Swinging bird"Bangkok Post, November 8, 1968

219 seats for the House of Representatives – Bangkok Post, November 9, 1968

Restaurant AOYAMA opens todayBangkok Post, November 8, 1968

Above: "De Castro Sisters" – Bangkok Post, November 8, 1968

Right: "Police were unimpressed" – Bangkok Post, November 8, 1968

Right: Bangkok Post, November 8, 1968

Left: Bangkok Post, November 8, 1968
Left: Bangkok Post, November 9, 1968

Left: Bangkok Post, November 9, 1968

Bangkok Post, November 9, 1968

Bangkok Post, November 9, 1968

Left: Bangkok Post, November 5, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 5, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 5, 1968
Yes, this is the Suvarnabhumi Airport…

Above: Bangkok Post, November 5, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 5, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 6, 1968


Right: Bangkok Post, November 6, 1968

Right: Bangkok Post, October 28, 1968

Bangkok Post, November 1, 1968

Right: Bangkok Post, November 3, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, October 30, 1968

Right: Bangkok Post, November 6, 1968
Right: Bangkok Post, November 3, 1968
Right: Bangkok Post, November 6, 1968

Interesting note about there being meters in taxis in 1968.

Above: Bangkok Post, November 7, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 7, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 7, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 12, 1968



Above: Bangkok Post, November 12, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, October 27, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 11, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 6, 1968

 

Above and right: Bangkok Post, November 10, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 10, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 10, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 12, 1968

Above: Bangkok Post, November 26, 1968

Above and right: Bangkok Post, November 30, 1968

Right: Bangkok Post, November 14, 1968

More on traffic circles and the names of intersections

Right: Bangkok Post, November 14, 1968
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Defaced posters


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

Another defaced poster – November 21, 2009
At the top is the Democrat Party logo and "Strong Thai," the name the current government program.

The rest of the poster reads: Stop
illegal money lending debt [meaning loan sharks – extremely common throughout Thailand] – Register 1-30 December, 2009 at the Government Savings Bank, every branch – Call for ask 1115 and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, every branch –
call for ask 02 555 0555 –
MP Atthawit Suwanphakdee [Democrat MP] to consult call 081 1359 9555 [This program is an attempt to outreach to grassroots people who might be tempted to take loans from loan sharks due to difficult conditions.]


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

Above is the closeup of the two smaller pages glued over the above poster. At left is the cover of Siam Rath over which has been written: Take loan – selling nation [one of the big Red Shirt points is that the government stimulus plan is plunging Thailand into debt – it was this same issue that first brought Thaksin to power]
At right is the cover of Matichon Weekly over which is written: Robber or Thief


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

Another defaced poster – November 6, 2009
The poster reads: I promise Thais must have jobs
Someone has suck on a sheet that reads: The people will die first
Another sheet has been stuck on that reads: 99 days – eat eat eat [the Thai word “kin” is replaced by "deak" which refers to cheating and corrupt behavior]
The rest of the poster reads: We believe we can do [it] – Strong Thailand – creating jobs for more than 1.5 million people


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

Defaced sign – October 21, 2009
The sign reads: I have promised Grandma Niem to take care of the elderly nationwide – As promised, we have done [it] – The lifetime pension project for the elderly
Sprayed on the sign are the words “creating debt”

[Grandma Niew was an elderly Ubon Ratchathani resident cited by Abhisit in one of his early speeches as PM. She had previously given Abhisit a small gold ring as a gift in 2007. She became a lightning rod for conflict as Red Shirts attempted to disrupt her highly publicized meetings with the PM. At one point, Red Shirts broke into her intensive care hospital room before she died to berate her for her friendly attitude to the PM. As a stereotypical Esarn grandmother, her friendly overtures to the PM has been used by the Democrats to boost the Democrat Party image in the northeast.
Quite a few of the Democrat Party signs around town have either been defaced or had the face of PM Abhisit punched through.]

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