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Democrat rally leader Suthep Thuagsuban's call for civil disobedience today has not had a lot of success, but the Education Minister did become the victim of one of Mr Suthep's suggestions. But were ordinary citizens involved?? 

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Taking a closer look at those blowing the whistles yesterday, it appears that the education minister may not have been "ambushed" by ordinary citizens who oppose the amnesty bill. Check out this photo from twitter:

Minister gets whistle reception

Education Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng CHANAT KATANYU

Democrat rally leader Suthep Thuagsuban's call for civil disobedience today has not had a lot of success. Few people stayed home from work, for example. Schools didn't close and his call to delay tax payments was widely criticised.

But one of his suggested measures did cause some annoyance for a government cabinet minister. You might remember that Mr Suthep said that if you see a cabinet minister, blow your whistle at him/her.

Today, Education Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng was unlucky to be seen by a group of government opponents as he leaving a lunch at the Royal Princess Larn Luang Hotel in Bangkok.

They immediately started blowing their whistles and followed him as he hurried to his car.

The incident was caught on video and it was shared on the internet by Vittayen Muttamara, managing director of the Democrat Party-owned Blue Sky satellite television channel.

In the video, the minister walked out of the hotel and rushed to his car. His guard then told the whistle blowers to quiet down but one of them responded, "Why can't we blow our whistles?"

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Vocabulary:

ambush: to attack someone after hiding and waiting for them - ซุ่มโจมตี (จากตำแหน่งที่ซ่อนอยู่)

amnesty: a situation in which a government agrees not to punish, or to no longer punish, people who have committed a particular crime - การนิรโทษกรรม

annoyance: something that makes you feel slightly angry - สิ่งที่รบกวน, ความรำคาญ

bill: a proposal for a law - ร่างกฎหมาย

cabinet minister: a member of the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - รัฐมนตรี

citizen: someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง 

civil disobedience: a form of political protest in which large numbers of people refuse to obey a law - อารยะขัดขืน

criticised: receiving words of disapproval over something that you have supposedly done wrong - ถูกวิจารณ์, โดนว่า

delay: to do something later than is planned or expected; to cause something to happen at a later time - เลื่อน, เลื่อนเวลา

guard: a person who protect somebody/something - ผู้คุ้มกัน, คนเฝ้า

immediately: happening right after something else with no delay; right away - ทันที

incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์

measure: an action taken to solve a particular problem - มาตรการ

opponent: someone who disagrees with you or who is competing against you - ผู้ไม่เห็นด้วยกับ, ฝ่ายตรงข้าม

ordinary: not unusual or different in any way - ธรรมดา, ปกติ

rally: a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something - การชุมนุม

reception: the way in which someone or something is received or welcomed - การต้อนรับ

rush: to move or do something very quickly - รีบเร่ง, วิ่ง

satellite: an electronic device that is sent into space and moves around the earth or another planet. It is used for communicating by radio, television, etc. and for providing information - ดาวเทียม

success: achieving the goals you wanted to achieve or made a lot of money - มีผลสำเร็จ, ประสบผลสำเร็จ, ประสบชัยชนะ

suggest: to mention an idea or a plan for somebody else to think about - เสนอ, เสนอแนะ

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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