About politics & violence
Attacked & beaten outside his condominium, suffering a skull fracture & brain injury, he can only communicate by eye movement.
Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva shows photo of the party's legal adviser Ramet Ratanachaweng after brutal beating. (Democrat party photo)
Attack on Ramet 'politically motivated'
The assault on Democrat deputy spokesman Ramet Ratanachaweng was politically motivated, Opposition and Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Tuesday.
Mr Ramet, a legal adviser to the major opposition party, suffered a skull fracture and severe concussion when he was attacked outside his condominium in Bangkok's Bang Na district on Monday night.
Mr Abhisit said he had been informed that Mr Ramet is now safe and is no longer on a ventilator. He could communicate by eye movement, but could not talk at this time.
His condition was serious, but fortunately there was no blood clot on the brain.
The opposition leader called on the government and the national police chief (Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew) to quickly investigate and clarify the incident.
Mr Ramet had recently been assigned to talk about political issues (to the media) and this assault is a sign of a threat.
"Mr Ramet told me once before that he was being followed," the former premier said.
The deputy spokesman was working in many cases, including the case of East Water Group's flood relief donations through the Democrat Party.
Mr Ramet's absence would affect the Democrat's work considerably since he had been considered the main pillar of the party and had been coordinating with many people, Mr Abhisit added.
(Source: Bangkok Post, Local News, Attack on Ramet 'politically motivated', 18/12/2012, Online Reporters, link)
Political Violence Vocabulary
political violence - the use of violence by people and governments to achieve political goals (See Wikipedia)
violence - doing things to cause harm, injury and death to people and damage to property ความรุนแรง
beat (verb) - to hit someone violently several times ตี, เคาะ, หวด, ตบ, เฆี่ยน
brutal - very violent; done to hurt and injure โหดร้าย,โหดเหี้ยม
motivation - the reason for doing something
motivated - done for a particular reason มีแรงจูงใจ ถูกโน้มน้าวใจ
politically motivated - the reason for doing it was a political reason
attack - a violent attempt to harm someone การโจมตี
attack on Ramet 'politically motivated'
deputy - a person who is given the power to do something instead of another person, or the person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง, ตัวแทน,ผู้รักษาการแทน
assault - a violent physical attack on a person; the crime of physical violence against another person ทำร้าย การทำร้ายร่างกาย (See Wikipedia)
the assault on Democrat deputy spokesman Ramet Ratanachaweng was politically motivated
adviser – a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject ที่ปรึกษา
a legal adviser
opposition - of a political party that is not part of the government or a group which is against the government ฝ่ายค้าน ผู้ต่อต้าน
the major opposition party
skull - the bones of the head กระโหลกศีรษะ
fracture - a break or a crack in a bone กระดูกหัก
concussion - a head injury that makes a person lose conscious (become unconscious) or feel ill (a mild brain injury; a head injury with a temporary loss of brain function) (See Wikipedia)
severe - very serious and worrying ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง
suffered a skull fracture and severe concussion when he was attacked
inform - to tell somebody about something, especially in an official way แจ้งให้ทราบ
informed - was told about something
ventilator - a machine that helps a person breath (when they are sick or injured)
no longer on a ventilator
Mr Abhisit said he had been informed that Mr Ramet is now safe and is no longer on a ventilator
movement - changing the position or place where something is การเคลื่อนไหว, การเคลื่อนที่
communicate – to send information or feelings to another person by speaking or writing ติดต่อสื่อสาร
communicate by eye movement
He could communicate by eye movement, but could not talk at this time.
condition - medical condition, when a person has a medical problem such as an injury or a disease
fortunately - luckily ..., it was lucky that ... อย่างโชคดี
blood clot - when blood turns solid and can block blood flow ลิ่มเลือด
his condition was serious, but fortunately there was no blood clot on the brain.
national - for the whole country
national police chief
the national police chief (Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew)
investigate - look at some situation closely to see what really happened (determine the truth) ตรวจสอบหาความจริง, ค้นหาความจริง
clarify - to make something moer clear; explain more clearly and make it easier to understand แจกแจง ชี้แจง ทำให้ชัดแจ้ง ชี้แจงเหตุผล
incident - an unpleasant event
called on the police chief to quickly investigate and clarify the incident.
issues - an important subect that people are discussing and debating about ประเด็น
media - radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
assigned to talk about political issues (to the media)
threat - 1. a danger อันตราย; 2. saying that you might do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something การขู่เข็ญ การคุกคาม ทำให้กลัว
this assault is a sign of a threat.
he was being followed - someone such as a policeman was following him to see where he went
premier - prime minister
former premier - a prime minister in the past
relief - money, food, medicine etc. that is given to help people in places where there has been a natural disaster, war, etc. เครื่องบรรเทาสาธารณภัย
donations - money given by people to help some project or organisation financially
flood relief donations
absence - not being present; a period of time when a person is not present at work, at school การหายไป ไม่ปรากฏตัว ช่วงการขาดงาน
Mr Ramet's absence would affect the Democrat's work considerably
pillar - a very important member or part of a group, organization, system, etc แกนนำสำคัญ
coordinating - working together efficiently
he had been considered the main pillar of the party and had been coordinating with many people
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