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Where was the fugitive red shirt leader for the past nine months? Not very far away at all, he tells the Bangkok Post.
Fugitive red-shirt leader Adisorn Piengket arrives at the DSI HQ
Red shirt Adisorn Piangket surrendered to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) yesterday and was released on bail. Here are some of the things he told the Bangkok Post’s King-Oua Laohong about his nine months in hiding.
Suggestion: Read and listen to what Mr Adisorn had to say one or two times and then try the short activity at the end of this lesson.
Adisorn Piangket breaks his silence.
Where did you hide over the past nine months?
I was in Bangkok and in the Northeast. In Bangkok, I could give you 10 years and I bet you'd never be able to find me. I went to the Northeast too. I look like everyone there. I did not leave the country.
Why didn’t you give up earlier?
Why should I be jailed for nine months for nothing? It would not be right for me to be in jail because a jail should detain criminals, not political prisoners. I graduated in law from Thammasat University, so I know something about the law.
Why did you surrender now?
The situation is developing toward reconciliation. To solve the problems of the nation and the people, I contacted the DSI. I did not want to make headlines and wanted to give myself up quietly but I have not met reporters for so long that I wanted to speak with them a little bit. The DSI treated me well.
What did you say to the interrogators?
I denied all the charges and will present a written explanation and witnesses. I am charged with terrorism and other counts.
I will defend myself to let the nation progress. Today I placed 600,000 baht in cash as bail. I do not have much money.
The DSI will question me further on March 28. I stopped demonstrating on May 11 last year.
Will you host a radio or a community radio programme again?
I would like to host a programme on Channel 11, focussing on culture. I am happy with how I spent the past nine months, as I have had time to write songs.
How many songs did you write?
I wrote 14 songs including one for Hiroyuki Muramoto, the Japanese journalist [who was killed during clashes between the troops and the red shirt protesters last year]. His name includes ‘‘Mo’’ and ‘‘To’’, syllables which are easy to find rhymes for.
Will you join the red shirt protest on Saturday?
I’d like to spend time alone for a while.
You can read the full interview here: http://bit.ly/dOIB8l
fugitive – someone who has been accused of doing something illegal and is trying to avoid being caught by the police ผู้หลบหนี
(DSI) Department of Special Investigation – a police department investigating serious crimes involving influential people, organised crime, or crimes using highly sophisticated technology กรมสอบสวนคดีพิเศษ
(HQ) headquarters – the place where an organisation or company has its main offices สำนักงานใหญ่ กองบัญชาการ
surrender – to give yourself up ยอมจำนน
release – to allow someone or something to go free ปล่อย
bail – money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money เงินประกัน; การประกันตัว
silence – a situation in which somebody refuses to talk about something or to answer questions การไม่พูด, ความเงียบ
bet – used to say that you are almost certain that something is true or that something will happen กล้าคาดคะเน
detain – to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
criminal – someone who has committed a crime, i.e., someone who has carried out an illegal activity or action ผู้ที่ทำผิดกฎหมาย
reconciliation – a new and friendly relationship with someone who you argued with or fought with การทำให้ปรองดองกันอีก, การสมานฉันท์
headline – the title of a newspaper story that is printed in large letters ข่าวพาดหัว
reporter – someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว
interrogator – a person who asks someone a lot of questions in order to get information ผู้สอบถาม, ผู้ซักถาม
deny – to say that you did not do something that someone has accused you of doing ปฏิเสธ
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
witness – someone who tells a court or investigators what they know about a crime พยาน
terrorism – the use of violence to achieve political aims การใช้ความรุนแรงเพื่อข้อเรียกร้องทางการเมือง
count – each crime someone is accused of คดี
defend – to say things to support someone or something ปกป้อง
progress – to improve or develop, or to get nearer to achieving or completing something ก้าวหน้า
cash – money in the form of notes or coins เงินสด
demonstrate – to protest against something, especially with a large group of people ชุมนุมประท้วง
host – a person who introduces guests and performers, especially on television or radio พิธีกร, ผู้จัดรายการ
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
culture – the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group วัฒนธรรม
journalist – a person who writes news stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine or broadcasts them on radio or television ผู้สื่อข่าว
clash – a brief fight between two or more people การปะทะกันสองฝ่าย
troops – soldiers, especially in large numbers กองทหาร
protester – someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง
syllable – any of the units into which a word is divided, containing a vowel sound and usually one or more consonants พยางค์
rhyme – a word that has the same sound or ends with the same sound as another word เสียงสัมผัสในบทกวี, คำสัมผัส
When you understand what Mr Adisorn says, try to answer the questions as well as you can in your own words without looking about at the text. Then check back to review what he actually said.
1. Where did you hide over the past nine months?
2. Why didn’t you give up earlier?
3. Why did you surrender now?
4. What did you say to the interrogators?
5. Will you host a radio or a community radio programme again?
6. How many songs did you write?
7. Will you join the red shirt protest on Saturday?
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