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Democracy Monument wrapped in black

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Activists wrap Democracy Monument in black Friday evening to protest Constitution Court's voiding of Feb 2 election. 

Democracy Monument is wrapped with black fabric as a protest against the charter court' s ruling to void the Feb 2 election. (Photos by Pattarachai Preechapanich)


Black wrap at Democracy Monument


Activists on Friday wrapped Democracy Monument on Ratchdamnoen Road in a large black cloth to underline their disapproval of the Constitution Court ruling that nullified the Feb 2 general election.

The banner measuring 6 by 20 metres was installed around 4pm Friday by the Student Federation of Thailand, Network of Social Activists for Democracy, Free Thammasat Group for Democracy and Wan Mai Group.

The wrapping bore the message "20 million + 3", a reference to the people who cast votes on Feb 2 and the three judges who voted against voiding the results of the poll.

The charter court judges ruled 6:3 that the vote violated the constitution because voting was not all held on the same day.

The activists said the court lacked the authority to decide by a 6:3 vote on the issue, and the ruling showed no respect to the 20 million citizens who turned out to cast their votes on Feb 2.

However, some people disagreed with the protesters and tried to remove the banner. Later the student-led group left without a confrontation.

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activist: someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organisation - นักกิจกรรม

authority: the power to make decisions or tell people what to do - อำนาจ, อำนาจในการสั่งการ

banner: a wide piece of cloth with a message on it - แถบผ้า ป้าย

bear: to show something; to carry something so that it can be seen - แสดง

cast vote (ballot): to vote, i.e., to put a marked ballot in a ballot box - ลงคะแนน, หย่อนบัตรเลือกตั้ง, ออกเสียงเลือกตั้ง

charter: a constitution - รัฐธรรมนูญ

charter court: the court that decides whether or not laws follow the constitution - ศาลรัฐธรรมนูญ

citizen: someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง 

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

constitution: the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by - รัฐธรรมนูญ

Constitution Court: the court that decides whether or not laws follow the constitution - ศาลรัฐธรรมนูญ

election (n): the process of choosing a person or a group of person for a position, especially by voting - การเลือกตั้ง

fabric: cloth, especially when it is used for making things such as clothes or curtains - ผ้าหรือสิ่งทอ

federation: a large organisation made up of several smaller organisations or groups that share similar aims - สหพันธ์, สมาคม

install: to put a piece of equipment somewhere and make it ready for use - ติดตั้ง

issue: a subject that people discuss or argue about - ประเด็น

judge: someone whose job is to make decisions in a court of law - ตุลาการ, ผู้พิพากษา

lack: to not have something needed - ขาด

message: a piece of written or spoken information that you send to someone, especially when you cannot speak to them directly - ข่าวสาร, ข้อความ

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

nullify: to make a legal agreement or decision have no legal force - ทำให้โมฆะ, ทำให้ไร้ผล

poll: an election - การเลือกตั้ง

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

protester: someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc - ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง

reference: mentioning someone or something - การอ้างถึง, การอ้างอิง

respect: to accept the importance of someone's rights or customs - เคารพ

results: what you get in the end when activity is completed (test results, research results, etc) - ผล

rule: (of a court or other group with similar authority) to make and announce a decision - ตัดสิน, พิพากษา, ชี้ขาด

ruling : a decision by a court of law - คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด

turn out: to vote in an election - ออกมาลงคะแนน

underline: to show clearly that something is important or true - เน้น ย้ำความสำคัญ

violate: to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement - ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด

void: to end something officially or by law, to invalidate - ทำให้เป็นโมฆะ

wrap: to cover something completely in paper or other material - ห่อ, คลุม

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