Court ruling: Red-shirt leader says civil war possible
- Published: 12/07/2012 at 04:00 PM
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Red-shirt co-leader Korkaew Pikulthong says his group will not accept a court ruling against the charter amendment bill and threatened to arrest judges daring to do so.
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Authorities are taking very seriously threats of violent action related to tomorrow’s Constitution Court verdict from the red-shirts and other groups. In the photo above, the red-shirts broke through lines of soldiers to occupy the Thaicom satellite building in Pathum Thani in 2010. WEERAWONG WONGREEDEE
Korkaew threatens to seize judges
Reds warn of 'people's arrest' if ruling negative
‘‘They will file treason charges against the judges. If police refuse to arrest them, the people will do it themselves. KORKAEW PIKULTHONG PHEU THAI LIST-MP
Security has been beefed up at the Constitution Court amid fears the red shirts will come out in force and try to capture the judges if they view tomorrow's verdict as very negative.
Pheu Thai list-MP and United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) co-leader Korkaew Pikulthong said Wednesday the red shirts would definitely refuse to accept the verdict if the court ruled that the charter amendment bill aims to overthrow the constitutional monarchy and seize power by unlawful means.
He said the people who fought for democracy, and the Yingluck Shinawatra government and its supporters, would not accept such a ruling.
"They will file treason charges against the judges. If police refuse to arrest them, the people will do it themselves," Mr Korkaew said. "Then the ammart [elite] will likely mobilise supporters to come out to protect the judges.
"When two conflicting groups of people clash, the military would then come out to seize power. The red shirts will fight tooth and nail against the soldiers and then civil war will take place," he said.
Still, Mr Korkaew urged red shirts not to show up at the court tomorrow but to stay at home and wait for a signal from UDD leaders.
"Once you hear a whistle blow, pack your bags and bid farewell to your family. Then, it will be a decisive fight for us," he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa, who is in charge of security affairs, said the Royal Thai Police Office had been instructed to maintain law and order tomorrow, when the Constitution Court will deliver its verdict on the constitutionality of the charter amendment bill, under Section 68.
Gen Yutthasak said police are to prevent protesting groups from clashing and watch for possible interference by a third party, both before and after the court verdict.
However, he added that authorities have no plan to use special laws to control the protesters.
Gen Yutthasak said a plan has been drawn up to protect and evacuate the Constitution Court judges if necessary, but not to the extent that a helicopter would be used.
The Royal Thai Armed Forces Command will be asked to help if the police cannot control the situation, or in case an emergency evacuation is needed, he said.
ruling – a decision by a court of law คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด
charter – a constitution รัฐธรรมนูญ
amendment – a change made to a law or agreement, in this case, to the constitution การแก้ไขกฎหมาย ในที่นี้หมายถึงการแก้ไขรัฐธรรมนูญ
bill – a proposal for a law ร่างกฎหมาย
threaten – to say you might or will do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something ขู่
arrest – to take someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime จับกุม
dare – to be brave enough to do something กล้า
seize – to take something using force จับกุม
arrest – (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime การจับกุม
negative – bad ที่เป็นด้านลบ
security – protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
beef up – to strengthen เสริมกำลัง
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
amid – at the same time as ท่ามกลาง
capture – to take someone as a prisoner จับกุม
verdict – a decision by a court of law คำพิพากษา
party-list – a system that gives each party in an election a number of seats in relation to the number of votes its candidates receive ระบบสัดส่วน, ระบบปาร์ตี้ลิสต์
United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) – the group originally formed to demonstrate against the 2006 coup and which supported the Somchai Wongsawat government against the PAD and which led the fight against the Abhisit government. They are known for wearing red shirts แนวร่วมประชาธิปไตยต่อต้านเผด็จการแห่งชาต
aim – to have as your purpose or goal มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย
overthrow – to force a person or government out of power โค่นอำนาจ
constitutional monarchy – a monarchy in which the ruler’s powers are defined and limited by a constitution ระบบการปกครองที่มีพระมหากษัตริย์เป็นประมุข
unlawful – against the law ไม่ชอบด้วยกฎหมาย, ผิดกฎหมาย
means – methods; ways วิธี, วิธีการ
file charges – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
treason – the crime of trying to destroy your country’s government (also rebellion – an attempt to remove a government or leader by force) การก่อกบฏ
refuse – to say you will not do something that someone has asked you to do ปฏิเสธ
elite – the richest, most powerful, best educated or most highly trained group in a society คนที่มีอภิสิทธิ์ที่สุด
mobilise – (of soldiers, police or other groups of people) to prepare to do something such as control a crow, fight a war, etc. เตรียมกำลังพร้อมรบ
conflicting – having seriously difference that cannot all be right at the same time ที่ขัดแย้งกัน
clash – a fight between groups of people การปะทะกันสองฝ่าย
fight tooth and nail – to fight very fiercely
civil war – a war fought by different groups of people living in the same country สงครามกลางเมือง
urge – to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
whistle – a small metal or plastic tube that you blow to make a loud high sound, used to attract attention or as a signal นกหวีด
bid farewell – to say goodbye ล่ำลา, กล่าวลา, ลาจาก
decisive – making the final result of a situation completely certain ซึ่งมีลักษณะชี้ขาด,แน่วแน่,ซึ่งตัดสินใจแล้ว
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
in charge of – to be in control of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly ดูแล ควบคุม
affairs – events affecting a government, military, organisation, etc. กรณียกิจ, กิจธุระ
instruct – to tell somebody to do something, especially in a formal or official way สั่ง
maintain – to keep รักษา
constitutionality – correct or allowed according to the constitution ถูกต้องหรืออยู่ในขอบข่ายที่ระบุไว้ในรัฐธรรมนูญ
interference – the process of deliberately becoming involved in a situation and trying to influence the way that it develops การเข้าแทรกแซง
third party – a person or group who is involved in a situation in addition to the two main people or groups involved บุคคลภายนอก
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
protester – someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง
evacuate – to cause to leave a place because it is not safe เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก
emergency – an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary เหตุฉุกเฉิน
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