The PDRC is marching on the Thonburi side of Bangkok again today, its last "warm up" march before the big city "shutdown" on January 13. We'll be watching
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The PDRC marches into Thonburi late this morning in a march that will cover more than 10km.PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
The marchers are finally back to their home base of Democracy Monument. Tomorrow is clearly going to be rest day but there are many activities planned for Saturday, most of them related to Children's Day.
The march continues. The main group is now crossing Suphan Pin Klaaw, more than 10 hours after they set out this morning.
This is turning out to be quite a long march indeed. One of the main rally leaders, Thavorn Senniam, speaking at Democracy Monument a moment ago, said it might be 7pm or later before the marchers return. A large crowd is patiently waiting for "Kamnan" Suthep and his marchers outside Siriraj Hospital. They include medical staff from the hospital.
The marchers have reached the very long Issaraphap Road. A hour-long lunch break is expected at Wong Wian Yai.
Rally leader Suthep Thuagsuban stops for a while outside Suksanaree School, clearing enjoying the cheers of students watching from high above in their classrooms. Many of them hold signs saying "Su, Su" (Fight, fight).
The march left on time and the protesters are now leaving Memorial Bridge (Suphan Phut) and entering the Ban Khak area of Thonburi.
PDRC to march to Thon Buri again
The People's Democratic Reform Committee has announced the route for its warm-up protest march today, in which anti-government demonstrators will again head to the Thon Buri side of the Chao Phraya River and back to Democracy Monument.
The protesters led by PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban will start off at 9am and move in an 11km loop starting from Democracy Monument to the Memorial Bridge, Ban Khak intersection, Wong Wian Yai, Dhonburi Rajabhat University, Pran Nok intersection, Siriraj Hospital, Arun Amarin intersection and back to their main Ratchadamnoen base by crossing Somdet Phra Pin Klao Bridge.
Today's march route as shown to the media yesterday. From PDRC English-language Facebook page
The roads which will be used by the protesters en route from Memorial Bridge to Somdet Phra Pin Klao Bridge are Lat Ya, Prajadhipok, Itsaraphap, Wang Lang and Arun Amarin.
PDRC spokesman Akanat Promphan said the protesters are expected to return to Democracy Monument between 5pm and 6pm.
Thursday's anti-government march is the third by the PDRC to try to encourage Bangkokians to join the planned mass shutdown of the capital on Jan 13, to pressure the caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her cabinet to step down.
Learn from listening
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base: a place from where an activity can be planned or controlled - ฐาน, ฐานที่มั่น
cabinet: the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี
caretaker: in charge for a short time, until a new leader or government is chosen - รักษาการ
demonstrators: people who march with other people in public to show that they support or oppose something - ผู้ชุมนุมประท้วง
en route: on the way; bound for; while travelling from/to a particular place - มุ่งหน้าไป, ระหว่างทางไปถึงจุดหมายปลายทาง
encourage: to cause someone to want to do something - กระตุ้น ให้การสนับสนุน
intersection: a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other - สี่แยก
loop: a circular shape - รูปวงแหวน
mass: large numbers - จำนวนมหาศาล
media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
memorial: a statue, stone, etc. that is built in order to remind people of an important past event or of a famous person who has died - อนุสรณ์
monument: a statue or building that is built to honour a special person or event - อนุสาวรีย์ หรืออนุสรณ์สถาน
patiently: In a patient manner - อย่างอดทด
pressure: to try to make someone do something by forcing, threatening, or persuading them in a determined way - กดดัน
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
route: the roads used to go from one place to another - เส้นทาง
step down: resign or leave from a high position or job - ลาออก, ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
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