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700 police brought in to break up fight between rival gangs at Ad Carabao & Sek Loso concert; fight goes on for 3 hours, national anthem played to stop. 





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Riot at Carabao/Loso concert (videos) 

15 Jan 2013  
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BANGKOK - Two rival groups of teenagers clashed on Monday night at a charity concert featuring music legends Ad Carabao and Sek Loso, forcing an abrupt and early end to the show, police said.

The "Light of Hope" concert was at the Port Authority of Thailand Stadium in Bangkok's Klong Toey district.

Police said the fight started around 10pm when a group of about 50 vocational students exchanged words with another group of local Klong Toey youths.

The scene turned chaotic after the crowd heard what sounded like gunshots or firecrackers, causing concert goers to run off in all directions.

The concert was forced to end early, just as Ad Carabao started performing his third song, following Sek Loso's performance.

A team of 700 police officers were deployed to stop the riot and used tear gas on the brawling mob. Calm was not restored until about 1am.
 
Police detained about 50 rioters - many of them teenagers. They were later picked up by their parents at the police station.

Four people were injured. Two of them sustained tear gas injuries.

Thirapat Sornpakdee, who was at the concert, said that Ad Carabao was asking the unruly crowd through his microphone to treat each other like brothers and sisters before begining his third song, but the mob remained rowdy.

"I ask the youths not to fight each other. I was a teenager once and I've been there before but the artists want to perform for us," Mr Thirapat said.

Thanuwat Meewan, a photographer at the event, said there was no problem with the Sek Loso's show.

He said the situation became more intense after Ad Carabao finished performing his second song. The third song "Yai Ku Za (My Grandma's a Hipster)" is not that arousing to cause a fight, he added.

"Some of the people who were at the show were 50 to 70 years old and these educated teenagers should have behaved well," Mr Thanuwat said.

Chaiyuth Limlawan, one of the event organisers, said there were 300 staff overseeing security inside the stadium and 400 others outside.

When the incident began, Ad Carabao and our team spent about 30 minutes assessing the situation and agreed if we carried on with the show then someone might have died.

"We then decided to play the royal anthem to prevent the situation getting worse," Mr Chaiyuth said. This brought the show to a sudden end, but the rioting continued.

The video clips of the riot at the charity concert was uploaded to YouTube by superent02 on Jan 15, 2013.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Breakingnews, Riot at Carabao/Loso concert (videos), 15 Jan 2013, Online Reporters, link


Rock Concert Riot Vocabulary
 
rock concert - when music is played by people (musicians) on a stage in front of many people, a music performance คอนเสิร์ต, See also: การแสดงดนตรี, (See Wikipedia)

performance (noun) - การแสดง
perform
(verb) - แสดง
perform song


Sek Loso's performance.
Ad Carabao's performance.

riot - a violent fight by a group of people ความไม่สงบ การจลาจล
riot at Carabao/Loso concert

charity - involving giving money or help to people who are poor or ill, or who need advice and support การกุศล
charity concert - a concert to get money for some charity (money for people who need it)

rival - a person you are competing against or opposing คู่แข่ง
rival groups of teenagers

rival groups of teenagers clashed at a charity concert

abrupt - happening suddenly, without seeing it ahead of time or any warning อย่างทันที

forced an abrupt end
the fight forced an abrupt and early end to the show 

vocational - teaching the skills necessary for particular jobs การสอนวิชาชีพ
vocational school - a school that teaches students practical on-the-job skills
vocational students - students at a vocational school

exchanged words with - when two sides say or yell bad things at each other

youths - young people

local - in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
local Klong Toey youths

the fight started when a group of about 50 vocational students exchanged words with another group of local Klong Toey youths.

scene - the situation or place where some event is taking place

chaotic - happening in a confused way and without any order or organisation ยุ่งเหยิง วุ่นวาย
turned chaotic

gunshots
firecrackers

the scene turned chaotic after the crowd heard what sounded like gunshots or firecrackers

deployed - prepare a resource so that it is ready to be used 

tear gas
- a gas that is sprayed onto a violent crowd of people or riot to control them ก๊าซน้ำตา
tear gas injuries 

sustained injuries -
to receive injuries
sustained tear gas injuries


brawling - fighting
mob -
a large group of people (doing something violent like fighting or attacking someone)
brawling mob

A team of 700 police officers were deployed to stop the riot and used tear gas on the brawling mob.

calm -  
ความเงียบ,ความสงบ
restore -
ทำให้คืนสภาพ, ซ่อม, คืนให้, ฟื้นฟู, ปฏิสังขรณ์,
calm restored  

Calm
was not restored until about 1am.
 
detained - kept in jail, cannot leave
Police detained about 50 rioters - many of them teenagers.

pick up - go to a place to get someone
They were later picked up by their parents at the police station.

four people were injured. Two of them sustained tear gas injuries.

unruly - difficult to control ยากที่จะควบคุมได้
unruly crowd - a large group of people that is very difficult to control

microphone - ไมโครโฟน, ไมค์

treat - behave towards another person in some way
treat each other like brothers

rowdy - noisy and causing trouble and problems
remained rowdy - they were still noisy and causing trouble (did not quiet down)

mob -
a large crowd or group of people that is dangerous or difficult to control
the mob remained rowdy

Thirapat Sornpakdee, who was at the concert, said that Ad Carabao was asking the unruly crowd through his microphone to treat each other like brothers and sisters before begining his third song, but the mob remained rowdy.

I've been there before - meaning: iI have experienced this in the past

I ask the youths not to fight each other. I was a teenager once and I've been there before but the artists want to perform for us

intense - lots of activity; very strong and showing a lot of emotion; with a lot of effort, energy, attention, etc. เข้มข้น
the situation became more intense

he said the situation became more intense after Ad Carabao finished performing his second song.

arousing - causing people to become very emotional
hipster - a person who is "hip" or "cool" (doing the things that young people do nowadays)

the third song "Yai Ku Za (My Grandma's a Hipster)" is not that arousing to cause a fight

well-behaved - doing what you supposed to in a situation (usually said of children)
behaved well  
some of the people who were at the show were 50 to 70 years old and these educated teenagers should have behaved well

event organisers -
people who make the arrangements and manage an event with many people such as a concert or exhibition

security - the people who make a place safe (prevent fights, check people for guns) ; providing safety from attack, harm or damage ความปลอดภัย

overseeing - managing, checking to see that it operates properly and nothing goes wrong
overseeing security

staff - workers, employees พนักงาน
staff overseeing security

there were 300 staff overseeing security inside the stadium and 400 others outside

incident - an unpleasant event (something that happened that was unpleasant)
when the incident began

assessing the situation - deciding what is happening and what to do about it
agreed if we carried on with the show then someone might have died.

When the incident began, Ad Carabao and our team spent about 30 minutes assessing the situation and agreed if we carried on with the show then someone might have died.

anthem - an official song that people sing on special occasions, in this case, an official song for the King of Thailand (royal anthem) เพลงชาติ
royal anthem

"We then decided to play the royal anthem to prevent the situation geting worse," Mr Chaiyuth said. This brought the show to a sudden end, but the rioting continued.

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