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There was lots of activity at the Democrat protest site at the Samsen railway station yesterday and our photographers were there.
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Democrat MP from Surat Thai and the most visible leader at the party's protest site at the Samsen railway station says that if the crowds at today's rally to oppose the blanket amnesty law are large enough, the protest may be "ramped up". He did not say exactly what that might mean.
There was plenty of activity yesterday at the site and here are some photos taken by our photographers.
Suthep Thaugsuban (left) and party leader Abhisit Vejajiva fire up the crowd while a senior protestor adds to the noise with her whistle. Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill (left, centre) and Thiti Wannamontha.
A view from the stage early last evening. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASIL
For a rally to succeed it has to be entertaining, an event you can take your family to. This young "protester" certainly seems to be enjoying herself. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASIL
An army fight can't fight on an empty stomach and hundreds of volunteers in 32 food booths are making sure that does not happen. PATIPAT JANTHONG
The red-shirt protest site at Ratchaprasong in 2010 had its foreigner and so does the Democrat's site at Samsen. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASIL
As the hours tick by into the early morning, the crowds begin to leave, but some are clearly there to stay. PATIPAT JANTHONG
It's been a long day. Time for some sleep. PATIPAT JANTHONG
Even sleep doesn't stop this old gentleman from making a statement. PATIPAT JANTHONG
amnesty: a situation in which a government agrees not to punish, or to no longer punish, people who have committed a particular crime - การนิรโทษกรรม
blanket: affecting or aimed at everyone or everything equally, even when this is not sensible or fair - ครอบคลุม, กว้าง
booth: a small tent or temporary structure at a market, an exhibition or a fairground, where you can buy things, get information or watch something - แผงลอย,ห้องเล็ก, บูธ
entertaining: interesting, exciting, amusing, etc.; fun to watch - ซึ่งสนุกสนานเพลิดเพลิน
oppose: to disagree with or not approve of a plan or policy - คัดค้าน
protest: a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง
rally: a public meeting that a lot of people go to in order to support someone or protest against someone or something - การชุมนุมประท้วง
ramp up: to make something increase in amount or strength; to make larger; to scale up; to escalate - ยกระดับ; เสริม
senior citizen: someone who is more than 60 years old - ผู้สูงอายุ, ผู้อาวุโส
site: a place where something is located - สถานที่
stage: a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, speakers etc. perform - เวที
visible: able to be seen - ที่มองเห็นได้
volunteer: someone who is not paid for the work that they do - อาสาสมัคร
whistle: a small metal or plastic tube that you blow to make a loud high sound, used to attract attention or as a signal - นกหวีด
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