Weekly News Magazines, June 5, 2014

Nation Weekend, June 5

From nation Weekend, June 5, 2014
Cover reads: Big brother of the tigers from the East
[On the cover is Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, former Army commander in chief and defense minister. Gen. Prawit was appointed chairman of the National Council for Peace and Order’s consulting committee. He is known as the “big brother” of a group of military executive officers, including Gen. Anupong Phaojinda (former army commander-in-chief) and Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, Gen. Anupong’s successor and leader of the coup. These three generals are named the “tigers from the East” because they were all commanders of a royal guard military camp in the east of the country.
This is the latest military clique that has come to political prominence like Class 5 of the 1991 coup era and Thaksin’s Class 10.]

Matichon Weekly, June 5

From Matichon Weekly, June 5, 2014
Cover reads: Chatchat ‘thinks’; Abhisit ‘opposes’; Military ‘does’
[Reference is to June 2 press conference of the National Council for Peace and Order. At the event, the spokesman of the NCPO announced that the NCPO planned to seek advice from Chatchat Sitthiphan, former transportation minister in Yingluck Shinawatra government, on the notoriously expensive high-speed train project the Pheu Thai Party was pushing. This would be extremely significant as it would indicate that the deposed government–or essentially Thaksin himself–was cooperating with the junta. This would both indicate Thaksin strategy and send alarm signals through anti-Thaksin groups who wish the coup to eradicate Thaksin influence. Former Democrat PM Abhisit reportedly opposed this cooperation with the deposed government. Then the junta later denied that they would cooperate with the former transport minister and said the original announcement was a “misunderstanding.”
The words on the cover are a play on the notorious Pheu Thai Party election poster that read “Thaksin thinks, Pheu Thai acts.” (below)]


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

Above: The sign reads: Thaksin thinks, Pheu Thai takes action – “The experienced doers” support [the party] – Pheu Thai Party

ASTV Manager Weekly, June 6

From ASTV Manager Weekly, June 6, 2014
Cover reads: Please dress up like ‘soldier’
[Reference is to the May 29th birthday party of Nataphaol Teepsuwan, one of key leaders of the People’s Democratic Reform committee (PDRC) where several of the party-goers wore fatigues that looked similar to army uniforms. The levity and celebration at the party was interpreted as jubilation that the PDRC’s goal of eliminating the Thaksin regime was taking place.
As this contradicted the army line that the coup was an impartial act aimed at restoring peace, the party was harshly criticized by PDRC supporters who did not want the coup painted as a partisan political act. Those in the deposed government also bristled at the party and the feeling that they had finally been bested and were being openly ridiculed by the celebrating PDRC leaders.]

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