Quick updates

Remembering April 2010. Prachatai has two recent reports worth reading: first, 10 Facts about the 10 April Crackdown: 7 years of unhealed wounds; and second,
#10AprilWhereAreYou: memories of a massacre.

Fraud and lese majeste. We posted that police were considering pressing a lese majeste charge against a woman who allegedly cheated thousands of tourists by promising a trip to Japan and then leaving them stranded at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Latest reports are that there is insufficient evidence of lese majeste. That’s a surprise.

That library and the CPB. The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority has “defended” its new library with few books and its allocation of funds. It states: “about 295 million baht was spent on improving the historic building and installing facilities while the 30-year leasing contract between the BMA and the Crown Property Bureau for the site has cost the BMA 600 million baht, or 20 million baht a year.” That confirms our earlier post. The BMA says: “The library hopes to buy about 45,000 books with its budget but the rest of the library’s stock is expected to be donated by companies and people. The library is big enough to hold more than 100,000 books.”

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