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Violence at candidate registration centre (updated)

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Just as the anti-government PDRC yesterday ended its siege of the Thai-Japanese Stadium, the election candidacy registration venue, a new and more radical group is trying to break inside. 

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Members of the Student and People Network for Thailand's Reform (STR) arrive at the Thai-Japanese sports stadium and prepare to force their way into the building. POST TODAY

Violence at candidate registration centre

Suthep ends siege, but STR takes over

15:30

An election commissioner is led through a very noisy crowd by Student and People Network for Thailand's Reform (STR) leader Nitithorn Lamlua (centre). THANARAK KHOONTON

The Election Commission has ended its attempts at holding registration of party candidates today and officials have started leaving the building. The commissioners, however, did say that they would go ahead with the ballot number draw tomorrow and told each party to be present at 9pm. Soon afterwards, rally leader Nitithorn Lamlua said that won't happen and that his group would block any attempt to do so.

12:20

POST TODAY photo.

Protesters tried but failed to push their way into the building. THANARAK KHOONTON

At about 11am, protesters pushed forward, trying to enter the sports complex, breaking some windows, but failing to force a determined line of police to back off. The police, some using shields, held firm and now it is the protesters who have backed off. Group leader Nitithorn Lamlua says they will remain at the site at least until registration closes at 16:30 and possibly overnight.

11:05

Thai PBS has reported the situation has calmed considerably with some protesters even pausing for lunch. Foir the most part, the protesters are still outside the building itself. The Election Commission seems determined to continue the registration process, but the protesters also seem determined to stop it, so there are likely to be further developments today.

10:50

The anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) yesterday ended its siege of the Thai-Japanese Stadium, the election candidacy registration venue.

But this morning, a new and more radical group is there and are close to breaking into the venue. In the past few minutes, there are reports of broken windows as protesters made a sudden surge forward through police lines, bringing their sound truck into the compound with them. They have effectively fenced the police inside mobile barriers.

For a while, the police outside the stadium were essentially fenced in by protesters. THANARAK KHOONTON

The group, members of the Student and People Network for Thailand's Reform (STR) led by Nitithorn Lamlua have demanded Election Commission officials leave the building.

Earlier, in a symbolic gesture, they wrapped a giant Thai flag around the entrance.

The situation is reported to be extremely tense as protesters demand a halt to the election process to let major reforms take place first.

More shortly.

Vocabulary:

ballot: the piece of paper on which someone marks who they are voting for - บัตรเลือกตั้ง

barrier: a bar or gate that stops people, animals or vehicles from entering a place - สิ่งกีดขวางทางผ่าน

block: to stop something from being done or from succeeding - ปิด, กีดขวาง

calm down: to become or make somebody become quiet and more relaxed after strong emotion or excitement - ทำให้สงบ, ทำให้นิ่งเฉย

candidacy: the fact of being a candidate (= a person competing for a position) in an election - การเป็นผู้สมัคร,การเสนอตัว

candidate: a person who is trying to be elected - ผู้สมัครรับเลือกตั้ง

complex: an area that has several parts - พื้นที่ประกอบด้วยส่วนต่าง ๆ

compound: an area enclosed by a fence or wall in which people work or live - บริเวณ

considerably: much; a lot - มากมาย

determined: having made a firm decision to do something and to not let anyone prevent you - แน่นอน,ซึ่งตัดสินใจแล้ว

development: a new event or stage that is likely to affect what happens in a continuing situation - ความคืบหน้า

draw: a way of choosing something such as a name or number by chance - การจับฉลาก

effectively: in reality - ตามความเป็นจริง

Election Commission: the independent government agency that oversees elections - คณะกรรมการเลือกตั้ง

firm: strong; definite - หนักแน่น

gesture: a movement that communicates a feeling or instruction - ลักษณะท่าทาง

halt: a stop - การหยุด, การหยุดชั่วครา

mobile: able to move or be moved around - ซึ่งเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย

network: a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. - เครือข่าย

pause: to stop talking or stop what you are doing for a short time - หยุดระหว่างพูด, หยุดชั่วขณะ

process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ

radical: of someone who believes that important political or social changes are necessary and willing to take extreme actions to make them happen - หัวรุนแรง

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

reform: a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair - การแก้ไข การปฏิรูป

registration: the process of recording names or information on an official list - การขึ้นทะเบียน, การลงทะเบียน

shield: an object that police officers carry in order to protect themselves - เกราะ

site: a place where something is located - สถานที่

surge: a rapid forward movement, especially by a group of people or things - การเคลื่อนเข้ามา

symbolic: representing something important, but in this case, not the real thing - เป็นสัญญาณ เป็นสัญลักษณ์

tense: making you feel nervous or worried - ทำให้เครียด

venue: the place where an activity or event happens - สถานที่ที่จัดงาน

violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย

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