Polite protest

Polite protest

The PAD has promised to obey the rules as it protests parliament's attempt to amend the 2007 constitution

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PAD anti-amendment rally begins

09:22 AM

Technicians install more security cameras in trees in front of parliament in preparation for the rally planned today by the People’s Alliance for Democracy. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

Supporters of the yellow-shirt People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) have started to gather outside the parliament building to protest against the government's effort to amend the 2007 constitution.

PAD coordinator Suriyasai Katasila said at the rally site that the meeting point is in front of the parliament on Uthong Nai road. About 10,000 people are expected to join the protest.

"The yellow shirts will not block the entrance to the parliament and we'll not spend a night here," Mr Suriyasai said. "But we are not yet certain whether the roads around the parliament will be closed during the rally."

PAD core member Chamlong Srimuang said after arriving at the rally that the yellow shirts will not use loudspeakers but will use megaphones instead.

Maj Gen Chamlong said the situation should be under control.

"The PAD wants the parliament to reject all the proposed charter changes. The charter can be amended but there must be a referendum first," he said.

The government has proposed two major changes to the constitution.

One is an amendment to Section 190, which requires that any treaty or international agreement which affects sovereignty, has "extensive impacts on national economic or social security" or commits the country to international trade and investment be approved by parliament.

The other concerns the election of MPs. The constitution now provides for multi-seat constituencies but the government coalition wants to adopt a single-seat constituency system.

amendment – a change made to a law or agreement, in this case, to the constitution การแก้ไขกฎหมาย ในที่นี้หมายถึงการแก้ไขรัฐธรรมนูญ
People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) – the union of several groups protesting against the past government and which staged large protests against the Thaksin government as well พันธมิตรประชาชนเพื่อประชาธิปไตย  
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
protest – to make a strong complaint or voice a disagreement ประท้วง
constitution – the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by รัฐธรรมนูญ
coordinator – someone whose job is to organise the various parts of an activity and make sure that all the people involved work well together (used to identify Surasai Katasila, PAD coordinator)  ผู้ประสานงาน
rally site – a place where a large public gathering happens สถานที่ชุมนุม
block – to stop someone or something from moving through or along something else  ปิดกั้น
core member – one of the most active or most important members of a group แกนนำ
loudspeaker – a piece of electrical equipment that allows sounds or voices to be heard loudly at a distance เครื่องกระจายเสียงไฟฟ้า, ลำโพง
megaphone  – a  bullhorn; a cone-shaped device which makes your voice louder when you speak into it, so that people can hear you although they are not near to you เครื่องกระจายเสียงว โทรโข่ง
reject – to not agree with ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
proposed – suggested as an idea for a group to consider ถูกเสนอ
charter – a constitution รัฐธรรมนูญ
referendum – an occasion when all the people of a country can vote on an important issue การลงประชามติ
require – to make somebody do or have something, especially because it is necessary according to a particular law or set of rules  บังคับใช้ (กฎหมาย) กำหนด
treaty – a written agreement between two or more countries formally approved and signed by their leaders ข้อตกลง, สนธิสัญญา
sovereignty – the right of a country to rule itself อำนาจอธิปไตย อำนาจเด็จขาดเหนือพื้นที่
extensive – wide; great in amount covering a large area กว้าง,ครอบคลุม,ถ้วนทั่ว
impact – an effect or influence  ผลกระทบ
commit – to promise to do something ให้คำมั่นสัญญา
approve – to give official permission อนุมัต
constituency – a district that elects its own representative to parliament เขตเลือกตั้ง
government coalition – a temporary union of different political parties that agree to form a government together  พรรคร่วมรัฐบาล

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