Amnesty protests to begin today (updated)

Amnesty protests to begin today (updated)

Police are ready for large numbers of protesters as organised opposition to Phue Thai's blanket amnesty bill begins. The main focus will be on the Democrat's rally at the Samsen railway station.

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20:00

Democrat MP from Surat Thani fires up the crowd near the Samsen railway station this evening. Patipat Janthong.

As night fell the crowd at the Democrat rally near Samsen station continued to grow, perhaps reaching 15,000 by this time.

17:45 Update

A 5pm aerial photo from our remote helicopter shows Democrats assembling for this evening's rally. SITHIKORN WONGWUDTHIANUN

Supporters of the Democrat Party have started gathering at Bangkok's Samsen railway station, where the opposition party has organised a mass rally against the government's amnesty bill.

Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, the national police chief, said he expected 20,000 to 30,000 people to join the protest, an estimate considerably higher the previous estimates which put the expected crowd at less than 10,000.

He said 40 companies of police had been deployed to provide security for protest-related activities.

Riot police have been deployed along routes leading to Parliament as organised opposition to the Phue Thai Party's amnesty bill begins today. CHANAT KATANYU

City braces for amnesty chaos

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The government has instructed state agencies to be on full alert for disruption of public utilities as opponents of its blanket amnesty bill gear up for demonstrations in Bangkok and the provinces today.

Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan yesterday gave the green light to provincial governors to invoke the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act to block protests.

In a video-conference with governors nationwide, Mr Charupong, also Pheu Thai Party leader, said he was counting on them to ''prevent, not to solve a problem,'' and make sure that no siege was laid to government agencies and there was no disruption of public infrastructure systems.

He said if there were signs of protests and possible public disorder, the act should be used as a guideline to keep peace and maintain order.

The Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) yesterday told security agencies nationwide to be on full alert to prevent disruption of public utilities, including electricity, tap water, telecommunication networks, and airports, Piya Uthayo, Capo and national police spokesman, said.

According to intelligence and security agencies, the protest in Bangkok organised by the opposition Democrat Party at Samsen railway station is scheduled to begin at 2pm.

He said small scattered rallies are anticipated in Bangkok, including Silom, with the aim of paralysing traffic.

The two other main protests which need to be closely watched are in the Uruphong area and at Lumpini Park, Pol Maj Gen Piya said.

Protestors at the Uruphong intersection may see their numbers grow today as the campaign against the government's amnesty bill picks up steam. PATTARACHAI PREECHAPANICH

The white-mask V for Thailand movement will join the rally at Samsen.

He said there would also be protests in the provinces, adding that he believed the demonstrations will last until Nov 11 when the International Court of Justice rules on the Preah Vihear temple dispute.

City police chief Khamronwit Thoopkrachang said two companies of police will be deployed to maintain order near Samsen train station. He said 36 more companies of police will be on standby.

Suporn Atthawong, the prime minister's deputy secretary-general, said the opposition party is expected to try to mobilise about 1,000 people from each of the 50 Bangkok districts while 2,000-3,000 others will come from the provinces.

However, he expected only about 7,000-8,000 people would take part in the rally at Samsen, as the party would find it difficult to mobilise such large numbers of demonstrators.

He was speaking after a meeting between Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and security authorities yesterday.

Democrat MP for Surat Thani Suthep Thaugsuban, speaking, holds a press conference in front of the King Rama VII statue in the parliamentary compound to urge the public to join today’s mass protest against the amnesty bill at Samsen railway station. PATTARACHAI PREECHAPANICH

Democrat MP for Surat Thani Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday held a press conference in front of the statue of King Rama VII at parliament urging opponents of the amnesty bill to gather at Samsen train station.

He said the government had abused its mandate to push for an amnesty law to absolve former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

''If the government and the Pheu Thai Party are allowed to do things as they please, the country will be deprived of principles and sink into the dictatorial powers that aim to serve the interests of their families and associates without caring for the people,'' he said.

Mr Suthep said the rally would continue and intensify until the government and the Pheu Thai Party backed down from their amnesty stance.

Mr Suthep said four Democrat deputy leaders in charge of Bangkok, the North, the Northeast and South have resigned from their executive posts to lead the protest. They are Korn Chatikavanij, Thaworn Senneam, Issara Somchai and Siriwan Prasjaksattru.

He said the four maintain their status as MPs so they can debate the bill in parliament. Mr Issara said he expected more than 10,000 people to join the protests and suggested the numbers would increase over the weekend.

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Vocabulary

  • absolve: to state formally that somebody is not guilty or responsible for something - ปลดเปลื้อง, อภัยโทษ
  • abuse: to use something in a bad, dishonest, or harmful way (an abuser is a person who does this) - ใช้ในทางที่ผิด
  • Act: a law passed by a country’s government - พ.ร.บ. พระราชบัญญัติ
  • administration: the process or act of organising the way that something is done - การบริหาร
  • aim: to have as your purpose or goal - มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย
  • alert: prepared to deal with something dangerous - ตื่นตัว ระวัง
  • amnesty (noun): a situation in which a government agrees not to punish, or to no longer punish, people who have committed a particular crime - การนิรโทษกรรม
  • anticipated: expected - คาดว่าจะเกิดขึ้น
  • associate: someone you work with, especially in a business - ผู้ที่มีความสัมพันธ์กัน (เช่น เพื่อน, ผู้ร่วมงาน, หุ้นส่วน)
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • back down (verb): to take back or remove a demand, an opinion, a planned action etc. that other people are strongly opposed to - ยอมตาม
  • bill: a proposal for a law - ร่างกฎหมาย
  • blanket: affecting or aimed at everyone or everything equally, even when this is not sensible or fair - ครอบคลุม, กว้าง
  • block: to stop something from being done or from succeeding - ปิด, กีดขวาง
  • brace for (verb): to get ready for something, usually something unpleasant or difficult to deal with - เตรียมรับมือ
  • campaign: a series of actions intended to produce political or social change - การรณรงค์
  • chaos: a situation in which everything is confused and in a mess - การจราจล
  • company: a group of soldiers or police that is usually divided into two or more smaller groups - กองร้อย
  • compound: an area in which a group of buildings stands - บริเวณ
  • count on: to trust somebody to do something or to be sure that something will happen - พึ่งพา, ไว้วางใจใน
  • debate: to discuss something, especially by giving different opinions - อภิปราย, ถกเถียง, โต้เถียง
  • demonstration: an occasion when a group of people gather together to support or protest about something - การชุมนุม
  • deploy: (of police or soldiers) to put in place ready for action - ส่ง (ทหาร, ตำรวจ) ประจำการ.
  • deprive: to prevent someone from having something - ทำให้ไม่ได้รับ
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • dictatorial: using power in an unreasonable way by telling people what to do and not listening to their views or wishes - อย่างเผด็จการ
  • disaster: something very bad that happens and causes a lot of damage - ความหายนะ
  • disorder: a situation in which people behave in a noisy or violent way in public, often as a protest against something - ความวุ่นวาย
  • dispute: a serious disagreement - ข้อโต้แย้ง
  • disruption: a situation in which something cannot continue because of a problem - การขัดขวาง, การหยุดชะงัก
  • executive: a senior manager in a business or other organisation - ผู้บริหาร
  • gather (verb): to come/bring together in a group - รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
  • gear up: to prepare yourself, or to prepare something for an activity or event - เตรียม (บางสิ่งเช่น เครื่องจักร) ให้พร้อมสำหรับ
  • guidelines: official instructions or advice about how to do something - สิ่งที่ช่วยแนะแนวทางให้ปฏิบัติ
  • infrastructure: a set of systems within a place or organisation that affect how well it operates, e.g., the telephone and transport systems in a country or the system of train tracks that a railway uses - สาธารณูปโภค
  • instruct (verb): to tell somebody to do something, especially in a formal or official way - สั่ง
  • intelligence: information collected about the secret plans of an enemy, criminal organisations, competitors, etc. - ข่าวกรอง  ข้อมูลลับ
  • intensify: to get stronger - เข้มข้นขึ้น
  • interest: an advantage or benefit to someone or something - ผลประโยชน์
  • interior minister: the minister with responsibility over the Royal Thai Police, local administrations, internal security, citizenship, disaster management, land management, issuing national identity cards and public works - รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงมหาดไทย
  • intersection: a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other - สี่แยก
  • invoke: to use a rule or law as a reason or basis for doing something - ประกาศใช้ (กฎหมาย), อ้าง (กฎหมาย)
  • last: to continue to be used;  to continue to exist; - ทนทาน, สืบต่อไป
  • maintain: to keep - รักษา
  • mandate: the authority to do something mandate - การให้อำนาจ
  • mask: something that you wear to cover part or all of your face in order to hide who you are, for protection or for decoration - หน้ากาก, เครื่องปิดหน้า
  • mass: large numbers - จำนวนมาก
  • mitigation: a reduction in the harmful effects of something - การบรรเทา  การผ่อนคลาย
  • mobilise: to organise a group of people to do something - ระดมกำลัง
  • movement (noun): a group of people who share the same aim and work together to achieve it - การเคลื่อนไหวเพื่อวัตถุประสงค์ทางการเมือง
  • nationwide: throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
  • network: a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. - เครือข่าย
  • on standby: ready for use - เตรียมพร้อม, สำรอง
  • opponent: someone who disagrees with you or who is competing against you - ผู้ไม่เห็นด้วยกับ, ฝ่ายตรงข้าม
  • opposition: strong disagreement with a plan or policy - ความขัดแย้ง
  • paralyse: to cause to be unable to move or function - ทำให้เป็นอัมพาต
  • parliament: the group of people who are elected to make and change the laws of a country; the building where members of parliament meet. - รัฐสภา
  • pick up steam (verb): to gain in strength -
  • post: a job/position in a company or organisation - ตำแหน่งการงาน
  • press conference: an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it - การแถลงข่าว
  • prevention: preventing something bad from happening - การป้องกันภ้ย
  • principle: a basic belief, theory, or rule that has a major influence on the way in which something is done; a moral rule or standard of good behavior - กฎ, ข้อปฏิบัติ, หลักปฏิบัติ
  • protest: a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง
  • rally: a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something - การชุมนุม
  • resign: to leave a job permanently - ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
  • riot police: police who are trained to deal with violent groups of people - ตำรวจปราบจราจล
  • rule: (of a court or other group with similar authority) to make and announce a decision - ตัดสิน, พิพากษา, ชี้ขาด
  • scattered: happening in only a few places - โปร่ง, หยอมแหยม
  • scheduled: planned to happen at a particular time or day - ตามตารางเวลา
  • security: protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage - ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
  • siege: 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
  • solve (verb): to successfully deal with a problem or difficult situation; to find out who is responsible for a crime - แก้ปัญหา, คลี่คลาย, หาคำตอบ
  • stance: an attitude or view about an issue that you state clearly; position - จุดยืน
  • state agency: a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานรัฐ
  • statue: a human or animal image that is made of stone, wood, metal, etc. - รูปปั้น
  • status: official or legal position - สถานภาพ
  • tap water: water that is sent through pipes into building - น้ำประปา
  • telecommunications: the science and technology of sending information by telephone, radio, or television - โทรคมนาคม
  • urge: to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
  • utility: a service provided for the public, for example an electricity, water or gas supply - สาธารณูปโภค, การบริการสาธารณะ

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