The following is a new feature, only started last week, that will join our other recurring weekly features like Reader Talkback, Editorials, A look at the week ahead in news, and recaps of top national and local stories.
This new section, which will generally be published on Thursday, takes a look back at news from the same period last year (and sometimes different time windows, such as six months or three months) to see how things have changed, following up on progression of stories, as well as look at potentially broken promises or things that didn’t take place.
As we publish dozens of stories a week this is a quick way for people to take a look at what the biggest stories were a year ago, as chosen by our editorial team, and how they impact us today and relate to current news. They are in no particular order of importance.
1. Gunman kills ex-wife at a beauty clinic in shocking daylight murder at Bangkok Mall
This case, only one week after a mass shooting at a mall in Korat, badly shook up many even further. The video footage also went viral on Thai social media, showing the suspect, who has since been sentenced to life in prison, brutally shooting his ex-wife to death in the middle of a shopping day at the clinic next to her co-worker, who was injured. The follow-up, from just two months ago, is below the original article.
2. Tourist attractions pivot to Russian and Indian tourists due to lack of Chinese tourists due to Covid-19
Only about a month later, when borders would close to regular foreign tourists (and remain closed to this day unless one does two-week quarantine) attempts to replace Chinese tourists with those from other countries would end. Many in the tourism industry hope that in the latter half of this year tourists will be able to return without a major quarantine period, especially if vaccinated for Covid-19.
3. Future Forward party disbanded by Thai Constitutional Court
Many pro-democracy and anti-government protesters said it was this action that started the recent protests in earnest.
4. Thai Minister of Tourism says foreign tourism down sixty percent due to Covid-19
One year later, it is down nearly 99% (With only those who go through quarantine coming in) with no immediate end in sight.
5. Mapprachan Lake at the lowest level in twenty years
Although it is better this year, the improvement is not substantial according to local residents.
That’s all for this week, hope you enjoyed a look back at this time last year!