The Thai Patriots Network march to petition His Majesty the King was overshadowed yesterday by the arrest of two of its leaders.
Thai Patriots Network core member Chaiwat Sinsuwong arrives at the CrimeSuppression Division offices yesterday in the back of a pickup truck. SURAPOL PROMSAKA NA SAKOLNAKORN
'Patriots' spurred into action
Police arrest leaders of right-wing groups
The arrest of two core members of the Thai Patriots Network in Bangkok and a court decision not to grant bail to a third leading member being held in jail in Cambodia will only strengthen the network and its allied People's Alliance for Democracy, say supporters.
Chaiwat Sinsuwong, a former leader of the PAD, and Somboon Thongburan, a former senator, were apprehended yesterday at a sukiyaki restaurant at a Tesco Lotus hypermarket in the Pathumwan area.
The arrests came as Veera Somkwamkid was denied bail by a Cambodian court which is hearing trespassing and espionage charges against him. The court yesterday did allow bail for four other Thais who are also facing the trespassing charge.
The arrest of Mr Chaiwat and Mr Somboon came after they led supporters yesterday morning in presenting a petition to His Majesty the King at the Grand Palace asking that he help seven Thai nationals being tried in Cambodia on trespassing and other charges. Six of the seven are now free on bail.
Former senator SomboonThongburan steps from a vehicle outside the CSD offices following his arrest yesterday. SURAPOL PROMSAKA NA SAKOLNAKORN
Thai Patriots Network coordinator Sunthon Rakrong said the police action had forced a change in the movement's plan of action.
"We thought about ending the rally [outside Government House to protest against the government's failure to secure the release of the seven held in Cambodia] after submitting the petition," he said.
"But when the video footage taken of the arrest is released, we'll now intensify our rally."
Mr Sunthon accused the police who arrested Mr Chaiwat and Mr Somboon of using unnecessary force.
He said five police threw Mr Chaiwat into the back of a pickup truck. They also beat up a security guard and a photographer who filmed the arrest.
"He [Mr Chaiwat] was tossed like some kind of animal. This was after he announced he was about to surrender."
Mr Sunthon said the police treatment had upset his movement's supporters and members of the PAD so that they were now expected to join the protest earlier than planned.
The PAD is scheduled to hold its own major rally next Tuesday to protest against the government's handling of the Cambodian issue. "I think people will now join us sooner," he said.
Mr Sunthon said his network would continue its rally and blockade of Phitsanulok Road near Government House in an effort to have Mr Veera brought home.
The group will hand a letter to the prime minister today asking him to call for talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on repatriating Mr Veera to Thailand rather than trying him in a Phnom Penh court.
Mr Chaiwat faces nine charges including terrorism for his role in the PAD's occupation of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in late 2008.
Mr Somboon faces seven charges for his involvement in PAD activities.
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overshadow – to cause someone or something to seem less important or less happy ทำให้ลดความสำคัญลง
Thai Patriots Network – The group formed to pressure the Thai government into not approving any agreements which would result in the loss of territory to Cambodia เครือข่ายกลุ่มคนไทยหัวใจรักชาติ
core member – one of the most active or most important members of a group แกนนำ
suppression – stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity การปราบปราม
spur – to cause something to happen ก่อให้เกิด
arrest – (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime การจับกุม
right-wing – the part of a political party or group whose members are least in favour of social change พวกฝ่ายขวา,พวกอนุรักษนิยม
grant – to officially give something ให้
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
allied – connected with something ซึ่งมีความสัมพันธ์กัน
People’s Alliance for Democracy – the union of several groups protesting against the past government and which staged large protests against the Thaksin government as well พันธมิตรประชาชนเพื่อประชาธิปไตย
senator – a member of the Senate วุฒิสมาชิก
apprehended – arrested; caught by the police ถูกจับ, โดนจับกุม
hypermarket – a very large supermarket, usually built outside a town, that sells a wide range of goods ห้างสรรพสินค้า
deny bail – (of a court) to refuse to allow someone to go free on bail ไม่ให้ประกันตัว)
trespassing – going onto someone's land or enter their building without permission การบุกรุก,การรุกล้ำ
espionage – the activity of secretly getting important political or military information about another country or of finding out another company's secrets by using spies จารกรรม
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
petition – a document signed by a large number of people demanding or requesting some action from the government or another authority การถวายฎีกา,การร้องเรียน
coordinator – someone whose job is to organise the various parts of an activity and make sure that all the people involved work well together ผู้ประสานงาน
rally – a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something การชุมนุม
secure – to get or achieve something ได้รับ, ทำให้ได้ผล
release – allowing someone to go free การปล่อยตัว
submit – to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
footage – film or video of a particular subject or event ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
release – showing or making known to the public or made available for use การเปิดเผย, การปล่อยข่าว
intensify – to strengthen เข้มข้นขึ้น
beat up – to hit or kick somebody hard, many times ตีจนบาดเจ็บอย่างรุนแรง
toss – to throw something carelessly โยน
surrender – to give yourself up ยอมจำนน
treatment – a way of behaving towards or dealing with a person or thing การปฏิบัติ
upset – very worried, angry or sad about something วิตก กังวล
movement – a group of people who share the same aim and work together to achieve it การเคลื่อนไหวเพื่อวัตถุประสงค์ทางการเมือง
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น
blockade – an action that is intended to prevent people or goods from moving from one place to another การกีดขวางการจราจร
repatriate – to send or bring someone back to their own country ส่งคนกลับประเทศ
terrorism – the use of violence to achieve political aims การใช้ความรุนแรงเพื่อข้อเรียกร้องทางการเมือง
role – the purpose or influence of someone or something in a particular situation บทบาท
occupation – the action of going into a place and taking control away from the people or government there การยึดครอง
involvement – the act or process of taking part in something การเกี่ยวข้อง