Weekly News Magazine, November 16, 2012 – The Dinosaur

From Matichon Weekly, November 16, 2012
The cover reads: Reveal ‘Yingluck’ strategy, resisting ‘Dinosaurs’ who want to freeze Thailand.
[Reference is to Gen. Boonlert Kaewprasit, ‘the dinosaur’ and his recent interview stating that he wants Thailand to change, first by changing the government to an appointed one which is supposed to be composed of virtuous elites. This appointed government would govern the country for five years to rid the nation of corrupt politicians before organizing a democratic election. Seeing Gen. Boonlert’s idea as outdated, the columnist points out that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has travelled around the world for her strategy to create opportunity for Thailand in the world market, especially in the Asian arena where the People Republic of China and the united States both try to gain a stronger presence.]

From Nation Weekend, November 16, 2012
The cover reads: “Seh Aii,” he’s not just a man
[Gen. Boonlert Kaewprasit, aka “Seh Aii”, becomes talk of the town when he leads protests against Yingluck government under the “Pithak Siam” group. He shares a number of Thai people’s dissatisfaction with the government’s corruption and weak policy dealing in with anti-monarchy groups. Not just an ordinary retired military officer, Seh Aii was a member of an aborted coup on March 26, 1977 against the Thanij Kraivixien government, which had assumed the country’s rein after the October 6, 1976 coup. Ironically, the reason behind the 1977 coup is that Thanin government, appointed by the 1976 revolutionary council, was not democratic. Moreover, he intended to stay in power for 12 years before organizing another democratic election. Having failed to execute the coup, Gen. Chalard Hiransiri, the leader of the squad, was sentenced to death, while Seh Aii was sentenced to be jailed.]

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