From Nation Weekend, January 3, 2014
Cover reads: People of the Year
[Reference is to the on-going protest that started October 31, 2013. The protest began to oppose the amnesty bill and evolved into an attempt to end Thaksin family influence and control of the Thai government. The Nation names the protesters as its person of the year for 2013.]
From Matichon Weekly, January 3, 2014
Cover reads: A ‘Person’ still standing tall ‘Challenging’
[Reference is to a special cabinet meeting at the Royal Air Force on December 25, 2013. The article suggested that, despite tremendous pressure to step aside as PM, Premier Yingluck Shinawatra still stands tall and challenged those who oppose her because, as she said at the meeting, “it’s necessary to maintain the country’s rules.”]
From ASTV Manager Weekly, January 4, 2014
Cover reads: Shut down the city to drive me away, ask ‘Chong Cao’ yet?
[“Ask ‘Chong Cao’ yet?'” refers to the audio clip between Thaksin and Gen. Yutthasak Sasiprapha, the defense minister discussing scenarios for Thaksin’s return. At the beginning of the clip they are discussing Chong Cao, a Chinese medicinal herb in aging men for impotence. In the clip, Thaksin said he completely trusted Gen. Prayuth Chan-ochaa, the Army commander, lending strength to rumors that the government had made a deal with the military to allow Thaksin’s return to power. After Thaksin’s son verified the clip on his Facebook page, it was thought that the clip was deliberately leaked by by Thaksin to demonstrate the strength of his position and warn off the opposition from protesting.
However, in recent weeks the military has openly stated a coup was not off the table and also warned the government they would be held accountable for any violence resulting from the anti-government protests. This is supposedly a surprise to the government (and Thaksin) who previously believed the military would oppose continued actions by the government to return Thaksin.]