'Bad Students' rally against 'dinosaurs'

'Bad Students' rally against 'dinosaurs'

Protesters wearing dinosaur costumes try to flee from an approaching inflatable asteroid at the Bad Student rally at the Siam BTS station on Saturday. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Protesters wearing dinosaur costumes try to flee from an approaching inflatable asteroid at the Bad Student rally at the Siam BTS station on Saturday. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

Young “Bad Student” activists gathered on Saturday beneath the Siam BTS skytrain station.

The demonstrators sheltered under the skytrain platform in front of the Siam Paragon shopping centre after rain forced them to change the rally venue from the nearby Ratchaprasong intersection.

Police confirmed that organisers of the rally had informed them about their activity, which was given permission to go ahead.


As the day went on, the crowd of a few hundred grew to a few thousand, as a rally stage was set up for the evening’s entertainment and speeches.


“#Bye bye dinosaurs” was the theme of the event.

“If parliament cast in the role of ‘dinosaur’ rejects and refuses changes, students like us will be the meteorite that collides with the backwardness of senior figures in society,” a Facebook message read.

In keeping with the theme, participants dressed in dinosaur costumes were being hit by inflatable meteorites launched at them from the crowd.

But amid all the fun, there was a serious side to the rally.

“We are here to ask for the freedom that has been taken away from us as well as for reforms to education,” said high school student Mameaw, 18. “We want a real constitutional monarchy.”

Many spoke of the importance of gender equality as well.

“I have been sexually abused by teachers. School is not a safe place,” said a placard held by one student who sat in uniform with her mouth taped shut in protest.


Volunteers from Amnesty International were seen handing out colour-coded wristbands to the student protesters on Saturday so that authorities can distinguish minors from adults in case police are planning any arrests.

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Vocabulary

  • abuse (noun): cruel, violent or unfair treatment, especially of someone who does not have the power to prevent it - การข่มเหง, การปฏิบัติไม่ดีต่อ
  • backwards: towards a place or position that is behind; towards a worse state - ถอยหลัง, สู่อดีต,ล้าหลัง
  • constitutional monarchy: a monarchy in which the ruler’s powers are defined and limited by a constitution - ระบบการปกครองที่มีพระมหากษัตริย์เป็นประมุข
  • distinguish: to recognise the difference between two people or things - จำแนกความแตกต่าง, แยกแยะ
  • equality: the state of being equal, especially in having the same rights, status and opportunities - ความเสมอภาค
  • force (verb): to make someone do something that they don't want to do - บังคับ
  • gender: the fact of being either male or female - เพศ
  • inflatable (adj): able to be filled with air, especially to be able to float in the air or water - ซึ่งทำให้พองได้
  • meteorite: a piece of rock from outer space that hits the earth's surface - อุกกาบาต, ดาวตก, สะเก็ดดาว
  • minor: someone who has not reached the age where they are legally an adult - เยาวชน
  • permission: allowing someone to do something - การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
  • placard: a large written or printed notice that is put in a public place or carried in a march or protest - ป้ายประกาศ, แผ่นประกาศ
  • reform: a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair - การแก้ไข การปฏิรูป
  • refuse (verb): to say or show that you will not do something; to say or show that you will not do something that someone has asked you to do - ปฏิเสธ
  • reject: to not accept something - ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
  • shelter (verb): to temporarily stay in a place where you are protected from danger or bad weather - หลบภัย  พักชั่วคราว
  • speech (n): a formal talk delivered to an audience -
  • theme: the main subject of something - ใจความสำคัญ, ประเด็นหลัก
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