Weekly News Magazine, May 25, 2012

From Nation Weekly, May 25, 2012
The cover reads: Thung Makham Yong – Paddy field of His Majesty the King
[Article summary: History repeated itself at Ayutthaya’s Thung Makham Yong, Thailand’s former capital,  when His Majesty the King made a momentous return to a royally initiated paddy field where he harvested rice 16 years ago. Apart from aforementioned, Thung Makham Yong in Ayutthaya district has also special significance for the king himself as a location of a ‘monkey creek’ water retention area royal project designed to retain and divert flood water and historically as home to the monument to Queen Srisuriyothai of Ayutthaya.]

From Matichon Weekly, May 25, 2012
The cover reads: Reconciliation?
[Article summary: The Constitutional Court disqualified Jatuporn Prompan, a key leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), as a Pheu Thai party-list member of parliament.  After the court’s ruling to disqualify him, Thaksin has made a statement that other Red Shirt leaders and supporters should respect the court’s decision. He also asked all red shirt supporters to understand the situation, sacrifice and give a full support to the government to move forward with the reconciliation roadmap. So, it is up to the Red Shirt supporters whether they will support the government to stay for its full term of 4 years or protest and ask Pheu Thai Party to go against the court’s decision.]

From Siamrath, May 25, 2012
The cover reads: ‘Thaksin – Red Shirts’ cannot cut off relations
[Article summary: Former PM Thaksin addressed the Red Shirt supporters via video link at 2nd anniversary of the protest at Ratchaprasong saying that if the reconciliation bill is passed then he would be able to come back to Thailand. He said further that he thanked them for their kindness and he is obliged to all Red Shirt supporters. Then he the Red Shirts to move forward with reconciliation by forgetting and forgiving all that was lost during the protest clampdown in 2010. Thaksin said that has no intention of doing this for his own interests, but instead he wants to do it for the country itself and for the good life of all Thais. However, his speech has given a big shock to all his supporters because it seem that Red Shirt supporters are forced to move forward with reconciliation by sacrificing their loss. So, we need to wait and see how Red Shirt supporters will interpret the meaning of the former PM Thaksin’s speech.]

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