Protesters shine their mobile phone lights at Ratchaprasong intersection during a rally calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Sunday. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)
Thousands of anti-government protesters filled Bangkok's Ratchaprasong intersection on Sunday, calling for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down.
The shopping area was transformed once again into a rally site by student-led protesters seeking to end the military’s longstanding control of Thai politics.
The rally started slowly, but gathered pace as a second stage was set up.
Jatupat Boonpattararaksa of the Dao Din group said the Ratchaprasong rally was to send a clear signal that Prayut’s time as leader of Thailand was over.
The rally came after the prime minister refused to heed the protesters’ Saturday deadline to quit before Parliament holds a special session on Monday and Tuesday to find a way out of the political conflict.
Mr Jatupat said he had little hope that the crisis could be resolved in Parliament, and protesters would continue their peaceful demonstrations.
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conflict : an angry disagreement between people or groups - ความขัดแย้ง
crisis : a situation that has reached and extremely difficult or dangerous point - ช่วงวิกฤต
heed : to pay careful attention to - เอาใจใส่, ระมัดระวัง
longstanding (adj): that has existed or lasted for a long time - นาน, ยาวนาน
pace : the speed at which something happens or is done - อัตรา
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
protester : someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc - ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง
quit (verb): to stop doing something - หยุด, เลิก
rally : a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something - การชุมนุม
signal : to be a sign that something exists or is likely to happen - ส่งสัญญาณ
step down : resign or leave from a high position or job - ลาออก, ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
transform : to change from one form into another - เปลี่ยนไปสู่อีกสิ่งหนึ่ง