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24-million-baht crowd control vehicle
- Published: 30 Mar 2012 at 08.46
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With 10 wheels, protective armour, safety glass, iron bars, closed-circuit cameras and water cannon, you won't see anything like it at the Bangkok International Motorshow.
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Thailand’s first anti-riot truck is parked at the Crime Suppression Division’s headquarters waiting for its official launch next Wednesday. WASSAYOS NGAMKHAM
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24-million-baht crowd control vehicle
You won't see anything like it at the Bangkok International Motorshow currently being held at Impact Arena.
It has 10 wheels and is covered with protective armour. It is equipped with safety glass, iron bars, closed-circuit cameras and water cannon. It costs 24 million baht.
The vehicle is Thailand’s first modern anti-riot truck and it was purchased by the Royal Thai Police from South Korea. It is designed to help control unrest in accordance with international standards.
"It will make it easier for police to handle riots. More importantly, officers will not confront demonstrators directly," said Pol Maj Gen Sompong Chingduang, commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau's Protection and Crowd Control Division.
He said the vehicle met international standards as its riot gear was specially designed for crowd control. It can transport 10-12 riot police officers.
The vehicle's water tank can store tear gas, while coloured water can also be put into the tank and fired at a crowd to enable officers to identify demonstrators. The vehicle is bullet-proof.
The Crowd Control Division has conducted one test with the vehicle, which will be officially launched on Wednesday.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Wassana Nanuam.
riot – a violent protest by a group of people ความไม่สงบ, การจลาจล
suppression – stopping illegal activity การระงับ การปราบปราม
headquarters – the place where an organisation or company has its main offices สำนักงานใหญ่ กองบัญชาการ
official – in public and by somebody who is in a position of authority อย่างเป็นทางการ
launch – an event to celebrate or introduce something new การเริ่มปฏิบัติการ, การออกตัว
currently – at this time; now ในปัจจุบัน
protective – providing or intended to provide protection ซึ่งปกป้อง
armour – a strong covering intended to provide protection หุ้มเกราะ
equipped – having the necessary supplies, equipment, training, etc. ครบครัน, ซึ่งมีเครื่องประกอบพร้อม
bar – a long straight piece of metal or wood ท่อน
closed-circuit camera – a camera for a television system that works within a limited area กล้องวงจรปิด
water cannon – a machine that produces a powerful flow of water, used by the police to control crowds of people
purchase – to buy something ซื้อ
unrest – angry or violent behaviour by people who are protesting or fighting against something สถานการณ์ที่ไม่สงบ
in accordance with – following a rule, system or agreement สอดคล้องกับ
standards – a rule for behaving which should be obeyed มาตรฐาน, บรรทัดฐาน, กฎเกณฑ์, กรอบ
handle – to be able deal with a situation ควบคุมได้, จัดการได้
confront – to face, meet or deal with a difficult person, group or situation เผชิญหน้า
demonstrators – people who march with other people in public to show that they support or oppose something ผู้ชุมนุมประท้วง
commander – a police offer of high rank ผู้บังคับบัญชา
metropolitan police – the police in responsible for a city ตำรวจนครบาล
gear –the special clothes or equipment that you use for a particular activity อุปกรณ์ ในการทำกิจกรรมต่างๆ
transport – to move people or things from one place to another บรรทุก, ขนส่ง
store – to put and keep things in a special place for use in the future เก็บ
tear gas – a gas used by some police and armed forces to control crowds of people. It hurts the eyes and makes them produce tears ก๊าซน้ำตา
enable – to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible ทำให้เป็นไปได้
identify – to specify who someone is ระบุ
bullet-proof – strong enough to not allow bullets to go through กันกระสุน,ลูกกระสุนยิงไม่เข้า
conduct – to do something in an organised way; to carry out — ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ