Long Live His Majesty The King
On this most auspicious occasion,
Chiang Mai Mail would like to join the Kingdom of Thailand in celebration of
December 5, the 81st Anniversary of the Birth of His Majesty King Bhumibol
Adulyadej the Great,
the longest reigning monarch in the world today. On center pages
this week we pay special tribute to our beloved King.
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One man dies as armed gangs clash
amid worsening political tension
An escalation in violence over the past few weeks between supporters of the two
opposing political factions, the People’s Power Party, (PPP), and the People’s
Alliance for Democracy, (PAD), has resulted in the murder last Wednesday of
Chetta Jiamkitwattana, father of the leader of the PAD Chiang Mai faction and
owner of a small local radio station, Therdsak Jiamkitwattana.
The murder took place during a confrontation between the two groups at Raming
Nives housing estate in Muang district, after around 300 red-shirted members of
Rak Chiang Mai 51 had stormed into the estate armed with knives, guns and
home-made grenades, to be met by the PAD Chiang Mai group.
A fight ensued, which was unable to be controlled by police, and which resulted
in Chetta’s death from stab wounds. Gunshots were heard, with two women
reportedly hit and wounded. Witnesses reported that Chetta was attacked by Rak
Chiang Mai 51 supporters when he attempted to drive his pick-up truck out of the