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First Guy Fawkes-masked anti-government demonstrators gathered in downtown Bangkok Sunday. Then it was the turn of red-masked pro-government demonstrators. 

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About 700 demonstrators from the anti-Thaksin V for Thailand group wear Guy Fawkes masks to protest against Thaksin Shinawtra and the government at the CentralWorld shopping complex yesterday. THITI WANNAMONTA

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Rival masked rallies face off


About 700 Guy Fawkes-masked demonstrators gathered in downtown Bangkok Sunday to launch a fresh campaign against what they called the regime of Thaksin Shinawatra.

The group, calling itself V for Thailand, or the white mask movement, converged in front of the CentralWorld shopping mall around 1pm with placards and posters with messages attacking Thaksin and the government of his younger sister, Yingluck Shinawatra.

The group later marched to Siam Square shopping centre and ended their rally at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre at Pathumwan intersection at 3pm.

About 20 pro-government demonstrators, wearing red masks, converge at Siam BTS station yesterday to counter the anti-government protest. THITI WANNAMONTA

Shortly after the white mask group dispersed, another group of red-masked pro-government demonstrators showed up at the Siam BTS station to counter the white-masked protesters.

The white mask protest grew from an anti-Thaksin Facebook campaign last week. People online used the image of Guy Fawkes to symbolise their campaign against ousted prime minister Thaksin, who they believe is pulling the strings of the Yingluck government.

Thousands of Facebook users swapped their Facebook profile pictures with images of Guy Fawkes, and flooded the Facebook pages of the Pheu Thai Party, Ms Yingluck, Thaksin and his son Panthongtae with critical messages.

The visage of Guy Fawkes has become popular among protesters after the 2005 Hollywood film V for Vendetta showed thousands of people marching on the British parliament wearing them.

Guy Fawkes was an early-17th century British figure who was executed following a foiled plot to assassinate King James I.

About 150 police were deployed to monitor the rally Sunday, which was held without any core leaders.

About 20 government supporters wearing red masks gathered at 5pm near Siam Square to counter the white mask movement.

Pakorn Porncheewangkul, who led the red mask group, said they disagreed with the V for Thailand movement and wanted stability for the country.

The group dispersed about an hour later.

demonstrators – people who march with other people in public to show that they support or oppose something ผู้ชุมนุมประท้วง
mask – something that you wear to cover part or all of your face in order to hide who you are or for decoration หน้ากาก, เครื่องปิดหน้า
protest – to make a strong complaint or disagreement ประท้วง
complex – a large building with various connected rooms or a related group of buildings
rally – a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something การชุมนุม
rival – a person, group, team or business that competes with another คู่ต่อสู้, คู่ปรับ, คู่แข่ง
face off – to get ready to compete with someone เตรียมแข่งขันกัน
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
launch – to start something เริ่มต้น เริ่มทำ
campaign – a series of actions intended to produce political or social change การรณรงค์
regime – a government that controls a country, especially in a strict or unfair way รัฐบาลที่ขึ้นมาปกครองโดยการยึดอำนาจ
converge – to come from different directions to reach the same point ไปยังจุดหมายเดียวกัน
movement – a group of people who share the same aim and work together to achieve it การเคลื่อนไหวเพื่อวัตถุประสงค์ทางการเมือง
placard – a large written or printed notice that is put in a public place or carried in a march or protest  ป้ายประกาศ, แผ่นประกาศ
intersection – a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other สี่แยก
counter – to go against ต้าน, แย้ง
disperse – (of a crowd of people) to separate and leave in different directions  สลายฝูงชน
symbolise – to represent something; to be a symbol of something เป็นสัญลักษณ์, เป็นเครื่องแสดง
ousted – forced out of a position of power ขับออกจากอำนาจ
pull strings – to control a situation, especially secretly จัดการเพื่อหวังผลอย่างใดอย่างหนึ่ง
swap – to exchange something for something else แลกเปลี่ยน
profile – a description of somebody/something that gives useful information ประวัติโดยย่อ
profile picture – a picture that accompanies a profile
critical – saying that someone or something is bad or wrong ที่ชอบจับผิด
visage – a person's face  ใบหน้า
popular – a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
vendetta – a situation in which someone has angry and negative feelings towards someone else and keeps trying to harm them or to cause problems for them ความอาฆาต, ความพยาบาท
figure – someone who is important in some way บุคคลสำคัญ
execute – to kill someone as a punishment for a crime ประหารชีวิต
foil – to prevent something from succeeding ขัดขวาง สกัดกั้น
plot – a secret plan to do something bad  แผนการลับ
assassinate – to kill a famous or important person, especially for political reasons การลอบฆ่า
deploy – (of police, soldiers or equipment) to put in place ready for action ส่ง ประจำการ
monitor – keep track of ตรวจ, ติดตาม, เฝ้าสังเกต
core leader – one of the most active or most important leaders of a group แกนนำ
stability – a situation in which things happen as they should and there are no harmful changes; when something is not likely to move or change ความมั่นคง, เสถียรภาพ

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