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Emergency decree won't stop us, says Suthep (updated)

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Anti-government rally leader Suthep Thuagsuban says if it's forbidden they'll do it. That includes marching, seizing buildings and using loudspeakers. 

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What, if any effect, will the emergency decree have on the enthusiastic support PDRC rally leader Suthep Thuagsuban has been receiving on his almost daily marches? THITI WANNAMONTHA

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17:30

Caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung's official car was seen at the ministry, but protesters were told he wasn't there. Post Today photo.

Another person the PDRC protesters wanted very much to "visit" today was caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung and a large group completely surrounded the Labour Ministry. Mr Chalerm, of course, was appointed yesterday to oversee the the Centre for Peacekeeping which was set up under the state of emergency.

Mr Chalerm's official car was seen inside the ministry compound, but Police Major General Thitirat Nongharnpitak, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police, told the protesters that he wasn't there. The protesters did not try to enter the ministry.

16:40

NSPRT remove the complete sign outside National Police Headquarters in protest against the emergency decree. APICHART JINAKUL

In another highly symbolic action against the emergency decree, protesters under the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) on Wednesday morning defaced the building name sign of the Royal Thai Police headquarters on Rama 1 Road.

Around NSPRT 500 protesters began marching from their base at Chamai Maruchet Bridge to the national police office shortly before 11am this morning. Uthai Yodmanee, the group’s leader, demanded national police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew report to protesters and told officers to pack up their belongings and leave the building within one hour.

Mr Uthai also criticised Pol Gen Adul for his role as the deputy chief of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order and told protesters to remove the word “national” from the sign.

He later told them to remove all of the sign's letters after noticing they were being filmed. Once the protesters had finished all Thai and English wording had been removed from the sign and replaced with a spray-paint abbreviation of the group’s name.

12:18

PDRC core leader Putthipong Punnakan explains the purpose of today's "visit," to military officials outside the Office of the Defence Permanent Secretary at Muang Thong Thani. CHANAT KATANYU.

One of the announced purposes of the visit of course was to follow the footsteps of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and she did, indeed, come to work there this morning. She later left by a back door, successfully avoiding a confrontation. CHANAT KATANYU.

Protesters defy emergency decree and march to temporary government headquarters.

(From our online reporters) Protesters from the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) Ratchaprasong rally site have blocked the road in front of the Office of the Defence Permanent Secretary at Muang Thong Thani, reports said.

A group directed by protest leaders Putthipong Punnakan and Chumpol Julasai left Ratchaprasong intersection in a convoy of pickup trucks and mini-buses. Latest: Thai PBS has just shown another group from the Lat Prao rally site getting ready to reinforce the group already in Muang Thong Thani.

The government has been using the Office of the Defence Permanent Secretary as its temporary premises since the beginning of the PDRC' s Bangkok Shutdown campaign.

An emergency decree invoked by the caretaker government came into force today.

Suthep scoffs at decree

No let-up in protests, PDRC leader insists

Patsara Jikkham
Wassana Nanuam

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Tuesday night scoffed at the invocation of the emergency decree in Bangkok and surrounding provinces.

He said his supporters are not afraid and the rallies will continue.

"Is there anything that is an emergency in this country?" he said. "We have been protesting for three months already. Why declare an emergency now?"

Addressing the crowd at the Pathumwan stage on Tuesday night following the decision by the caretaker government to invoke a state of emergency, the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) chief vowed to defy all orders issued under the emergency decree.

"We will defy them all," he said. "We will march on every road they have banned [us from marching on]. We will use loudspeakers even if they prohibit us from doing so. We will do everything they forbid us to do."

Previous attempts by the government to impose the emergency decree were blocked by the military. However, Tuesday's decision followed a wave of violent attacks on protesters as their Bangkok shutdown operation entered a second week.

The special law will be in place for 60 days, effective on Wednesday, with caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung taking charge of the Centre for Peacekeeping. The centre can directly order the army to step up security.

A military source said the armed forces voiced no objection when the enforcement of the emergency decree was raised at the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order meeting.

According to the source, the military understands that the police force needs a tool to help it strictly enforce the law. The decree allows for the detention of suspects for up to 30 days and stricter control of media outlets.

Moreover, military intelligence also found weapons and explosives are being moved into Bangkok.

"The military is aware that the protesters do not trust the police so the police need the military to help coordinate," said the source.

According to the source, even though army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha and Supreme Commander Tanasak Patimapragorn did not attend the meeting, they had talked separately to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Giving money to support the Bangkok shutdown is now technically illegal. THITI WANNAMONTHA

However, the source said the military insists it will not crack down on or confront protesters.

Before the decision was reached, National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabut hinted the emergency law would be necessary after a grenade attack at Victory Monument on Sunday injured 28 people.

Security authorities believed violence would escalate ahead of advance voting on Sunday and the Feb 2 election.

In announcing the enforcement of the state of emergency, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said the decree was to help security authorities enforce the laws against offenders and those who provide support to the anti-government protest.

The enforcement of the emergency decree will also "allow the democratic process to move forward", he said. Mr Surapong added that false information aimed at provoking divisiveness was also being widely spread.

He insisted the government would strictly comply with international practices and would not use force to break up the protest.

But protesters saw the decree as a prelude to a crackdown on them.

"Since we are unarmed, the violence must have come from the government." Mr Suthep said.

"We will step up our rallies to counter the emergency decree," he said.

Mr Suthep told protesters at the seven stages to proceed with the operation to lay siege to state agencies. However, the protesters should realise that the emergency decree empowers state authorities to detain and take legal action against lawbreakers.

"So, if any of you are afraid of being arrested, you should go home," he said.

Vocabulary:

abbreviation: a short form of a word, etc - อักษรย่อ, คำย่อ

address: to speak publicly to a group of people - กล่าวปราศรัย

advance: before the time that is expected; before something happens - ล่วงหน้า

aim: to have as your purpose or goal - มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย

appointed: officially chosen for a job - ถูกแต่งตั้ง

arrest: (of the police) to take someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - จับกุม

authority: a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

avoid: to try to prevent something from happening - หลีกเลี่ยง

aware: to know that something exists, or to have knowledge or experience of a particular thing - ทราบ

ban: to officially say that someone is not allowed to do something   - ห้ามอย่างเป็นทางการ

belongings: the things you own - ข้าวของเครื่องใช้

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

came into force: took effect; started to be used - มีผลบังคับใช้

caretaker: in charge for a short time, until a new leader or government is chosen - รักษาการ

caretaker government: a temporary government that is in charge of a country until a new government is elected - รัฐบาลชั่วคราวที่ตั้งขึ้นเพื่อรอการเลือกตั้งครั้งใหม่

comply: to obey a rule, law, agreement, etc. or do what someone asks you to do - ปฏิบัติตาม (กฎหมาย, ข้อเสนอ, ข้อตกลง etc.)

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

confrontation: a situation in which people or groups are arguing angrily or are fighting - การเผชิญหน้า

convoy: a group of vehicles (or ships) travelling together - ขบวนรถ, ขบวนเรือ

coordinate: to organise the different parts of a job or plan so that the people involved work together effectively - ประสานงานกัน

core leader: one of the most active or most important leaders of a group - แกนนำ

counter: to go against - ต้าน, แย้ง

crackdown: strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity - การใช้กำลังเข้าปราบปรามของเจ้าหน้าที่

criticise: to say that you disapprove of somebody/something; to say what you do not like or think is wrong about somebody/something - วิจารณ์, ติเตียน,จับผิด

declare: to announce officially - ประกาศ

deface: to damage the appearance of something especially by drawing or writing on it or changing information in a damaging way - ทำให้มีรอยตำหนิ, ทำให้เสียโฉม, ขีดเขียนจนเสีย

defy: to refuse to obey or accept someone or something - ฝ่าฝืน,ไม่เชื่อฟัง, เป็นปฏิปักษ์ต่อ

demand: to ask for something very firmly - เรียกร้อง, ต้องการ

deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

detain: to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง

detention: forced officially to stay in a place - การกักตัว

divisiveness: a situation that causes people to be split into groups that disagree with or oppose each other - การแบ่งแยก, การแตกแยก

effective: officially begun to be used ; to take effect - มีผล

emergency decree: a situation where the government takes on special powers in a dangerous situation and the rights of the people are often limited in some way - ประกาศภาวะฉุกเฉิน  

empower: to give someone the legal power to do something - ทำให้มีอำนาจ

enforcement: the process of making sure that something happens, especially that people obey a law or rule - การบังคับใช้กฎหมาย

enforce : to make sure laws are obeyed - บังคับให้ใช้, บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม

enthusiastic: showing a feeling of energetic interest in a particular subject or activity and an eagerness to be involved in it - กระตือรือร้น

escalate: to become much worse or more serious - ทำให้มากขึ้น

explosives: substances or pieces of equipment that can cause explosions - สิ่งที่ระเบิดได้

forbid: to state that something is not allowed, according to a rule, law, or custom - ห้าม

grenade: a small bomb that someone throws or fires from a gun - ลูกระเบิดเล็ก

headquarters: the place where an organisation or company has its main offices - กองบัญชาการ

hint: to say or do something that shows, but not directly, what is meant - แย้ม

illegal: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย

impose: to introduce something and force people to accept it - กำหนด,บังคับใช้

injure: to hurt or cause physical harm to a person or animal - ทำให้บาดเจ็บ, ทำร้าย

insist: to keep saying very firmly that something is true - ยืนกราน ยืนยัน

intelligence: information collected about the secret plans of an enemy, criminal organisations, competitors, etc. - ข่าวกรอง  ข้อมูลลับ

intersection: a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other - สี่แยก

invocation: the use of a law or rule in order to achieve something - การประกาศใช้, การอ้าง (กฎหมาย)

invoke: to use a rule or law as a reason or basis for doing something - ประกาศใช้ (กฎหมาย), อ้าง (กฎหมาย)

issue: to announce something officially - ออกประกาศ

lay siege to: (of a group of people) to surround (go around all sides of) a building or place in order to protest about something or to force the people on the inside out - เข้าห้อมล้อม เข้ายึด

legal: relating to the law - เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย

let up: to make less effort; to become less strong - พยายามน้อยลง, เหนื่อยน้อยลง

loudspeaker: a piece of electrical equipment that allows sounds or voices to be heard loudly at a distance - เครื่องกระจายเสียง, ลำโพง

media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ

media outlets: newspaper, television, radio companies, etc. -

metropolitan police: the police in responsible for a city - ตำรวจนครบาล

monument: a statue or building that is built to honour a special person or event - อนุสาวรีย์ หรืออนุสรณ์สถาน

moreover: in addition; furthermore - ยิ่งกว่านั้น, จากนั้น

National Security Council: a government body which deals with security matters that require cabinet action or present a serious threat to the country's sovereignty - สำนักงานสภาความมั่นคงแห่งชาติ

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

objection: a statement that shows that you disagree with a plan, or a reason for your disagreement - การแถลงการคัดค้าน

offender: a person who is guilty of a crime - ผู้กระทำความผิด

operation: an activity which is planned to achieve something - การดำเนินการ

order: something that somebody is told to do by somebody in authority - คำสั่ง

oversee: to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly - คุมงาน,ควบคุม

PDRC: People's Democratic Reform Committee, an anti-government protest group, headed by Suthep Thuagsuban - กปปส. คณะกรรมการประชาชนเพื่อการเปลี่ยนแปลงประเทศไทยให้เป็นประชาธิปไตยที่สมบูรณ์ อันมีพระมหากษัตริย์ทรงเป็นประมุข.

permanent secretary: a government official, not a political appointee, in charge of a ministry - ปลัดกระทรวง

practice: a way of doing something - การปฏิบัติ

prelude: an event that happens before and introduces a more important event - การกระทำเบื้องต้น

premises: the buildings and land that a business or organisation uses - ที่ดินและสิ่งปลูกสร้าง

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

prohibit: to not allow; to ban - ห้าม

protest: a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง

provoke: to cause a reaction - ก่อให้เกิด

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

realise: to know about - ตระหนัก  รู้

reinforce: to make stronger - เสริมให้แข็งแรงขึ้น

replace: to change from one thing to another - แทน

role: the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท

scoff: to talk about somebody/something in a way that makes it clear that you think they are stupid or ridiculous - พูดเยาะเย้ย, ล้อเลียน, เสียดสี

secretary-general: the person who is in charge of the department that deals with the running of a large international or political organisation - เลขาธิการ, เลขาธิการใหญ่

security: protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage - ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย

separately: not together; as a separate person or thing - ต่างหาก; เป็นรายบุคคล

site: a place where something is located - สถานที่

source: someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว

spread: to (cause to) cover, reach or have an effect on a wider or increasing area or number of people - แพร่กระจาย, แพร่กระจายไปทั่ว

stage: a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, speakers etc. perform - เวที

state agency: a government department or body - หน่วยงานของรัฐ

state of emergency: a dangerous situation in which the government takes on special powers and the rights of the people are often limited in some way - ภาวะฉุกเฉิน  (declare a state of emergency ประกาศภาวะฉุกเฉิน)

step up: to increase; to cause to get stronger - ทำให้เข้มข้นขึ้น

strictly: demanding that rules, especially rules about behaviour, should be obeyed - อย่างเข้มงวด

supreme commander: a military officer in charge of a country's armed forces, although not activity commanding any one branch - ผู้บัญชาการทหารสูงสุด

surrounding: all around a place - บริเวณรอบๆ

suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย

technically: according to an exact understanding of rules, facts, etc. -

temporary: existing, done or used for only a limited period of time - ชั่วคราว

trust: to believe someone is honest, fair, and reliable - เชื่อใจ, ไว้วางใจ

unarmed: not carrying a weapon - ไม่ได้ติดอาวุธ

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

violent: involving or caused by physical force that is intended to hurt or kill somebody - รุนแรง, ร้ายแรง, สาหัส

voice: to express your feelings or opinions - ออกความคิด

vow: to make a formal and serious promise to do something - สาบาน, ปฏิญาณ

wave of attacks: a series of attacks that happen over a period of time -

weapon: an object such as a knife, gun, bomb, etc. that is used for fighting or attacking somebody - อาวุธ

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