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About 1,000 members of the People's Movement for a Just Society (Pmove) yesterday set up camp around Government House, urging the government government to speed up consideration of their demands. 

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Members of the People’s Movement for a Just Society (Pmove) arrive from upcountry to set up camp near Government House. Around 1,000 residents affected by state projects kicked off the protest yesterday to call on the Yingluck Shinawatra government to help resolve their plight. PAWAT LAUPISARNTAKSIN


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Pmove sets up camp at Government House

Apinya Wipatayotin
Manop Thip-Osod

The People's Movement for a Just Society (Pmove) has urged the government to speed up the process of dealing with poverty and environmental issues.

About 1,000 members of the network yesterday set up camp around Government House.

Pmove, a network for marginalised groups, will submit its demands to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today.

These are experienced protesters and they know exactly what needs to be done for a stay that could last up to a month. PAWAT LAUPISARNTAKSIN

Jamnong Jitnirat, a member of the Community Network for Social and Political Reform, said the government had failed to show its sincerity in solving people's problems.

"The prime minister promised she would talk to us in November. We have yet to hear from her," Mr Jamnong said.

She had assigned her then deputy prime minister Yongyuth Wichaidith to take care of their grievances, but no progress was made.

He cited a case of a forest rights battle between locals and officers as an example, saying the problem was still lingering despite the fact the government agreed to suspend the case until a proper resolution on land disputes in forest areas had been made.

Twenty gypsies were involved in a similar land encroachment case in the South.

The land owners lodged a complaint with police against the gypsies after they entered the land, which had once belonged to the gypsies' ancestors.

He said the network wanted the government to establish a cultural zone for hilltribe people and gypsies, as proposed by the former Democrat-led government.

Saeng Sobbong, a 63-year-old resident of Phusang district of Phayao, said she wanted the government to provide her with community land title deeds.

They would enable her to own community land legally and prevent outsiders from trespassing.

Ms Saeng said outsiders own about 321 rai of land in her community.

Sodsai Srangsok, a key member of the Network of People Suffering from Biomass Power Plants, said the government should provide a fair and transparent process to issue biomass power plant licences.

Ms Sodsai said people in northeastern provinces such as Surin and Ubon Ratchathani were suffering ill-health as a result of the rapid growth of power plants.

movement – a group of people who share the same aim and work together to achieve it การเคลื่อนไหวเพื่อวัตถุประสงค์อย่างใดอย่างหนึ่ง
upcountry – areas outside of the Bangkok area; connected with an area of a country that is not near large towns ต่างจังหวัด, ที่อยู่ในชนบท, ที่อยู่ห่างไกลจากเมือง
just – morally fair and reasonable ยุติธรรม, ชอบธรรม
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
state – government รัฐบาล
kick off – to begin an event; to launch เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
protest – a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something ชุมนุมประท้วง
resolve – to solve a problem, or to find a satisfactory way of dealing with it  แก้ไขปัญหา
plight – an unpleasant condition, especially a serious, sad or difficult one สภาพเลวร้าย
urge – to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
process – a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
poverty – the condition of being extremely poor ความจน
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น
network – a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย
marginalised – feeling as if you are not important and cannot influence decisions or events; having no power  รู้สึกว่าไม่มีความสำคัญ
submit – to formally give something to someone so that they can make a decision about it  ยื่น เสนอ (เอกสาร) ให้พิจารณา
demand – a very firm request for something ข้อเรียกร้อง, การเรียกร้อง
community – a group of people who share the same  job, interests, religion, etc; the people living in one particular area สังคม
reform – a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair การแก้ไข การปฏิรูป
sincerity – (of a person, feelings or behaviour) not pretending or lying; honest ความจริงใจ, ตรงไปตรงมา
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
grievances – complaints about being treated in an unfair way ความคับข้องใจ
progress – the process of developing or of getting nearer to achieving or completing something ความคืบหน้า
cite – to mention something as an example กล่าวถึง
locals – people who live in a particular place ชาวบ้าน
lingering – lasting of a long time, especially when this is unpleasant or not necessary ที่อ้อยอิ่ง ยืดเยื้อมานาน
suspend – to stop for a period of time ยกเลิกชั่วคราว, ระงับชั่วคราว
resolution – solving a problem, or to finding a satisfactory way of dealing with it  การแก้ไขปัญหา
dispute – a serious disagreement การโต้เถียง, ความขัดแย้ง
gypsies – a group of people who do not live in one place for a long time but prefers to move around ยีปซี
encroachment – gradually entering and taking control over  an area of land การบุกรุก
lodge a complaint – to make a formal statement to someone in authority that someone has done something wrong ยื่นคำร้อง
ancestor – a person, plant, animal or object that is related to one existing at a later point in time (adjective form: ancestral) บรรพบุรุษ
zone – an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต
hilltribe – a group of people of the same race, and with the same customs, language, religion, etc, living in a mountainous area ชาวเขา
proposed – suggested as an idea for a group to consider ถูกเสนอ
provide – to give someone something that they want or need จัดหาให้,  จัดเตรียมไว้ให้
title deed – a land ownership paper โฉนด
trespassing – going onto someone's land or enter their building without permission การบุกรุก,การรุกล้ำ
key – very important ที่สำคัญ
suffering – physical or mental pain or problems ความทุกข์ทรมาน
biomass – natural materials from living or recently dead plants, trees and animals, used as fuel and in industrial production, especially in the generation of electricity มวลชีวภาพ
plant – a factory that produces power or processes chemicals, etc. โรงงาน
transparent – not keeping anything secret; open โปร่งใส
issue – to officially give out  ออก
licence – an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something ใบอนุญาต
rapid – happening quickly อย่างรวดเร็ว

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