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With bullets flying almost nightly around their protest sites and marches, anti-government protesters are turning to makeshift bulletproof vests reinforced with X-ray film to protect themselves. But do they work?

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A bullet-proof vest maker cuts X-ray film near the protest sites in the Ratchadamnoen area. THITI WANNAMONTHA

X-ray film in bullet-proof vests. Does it work?

With bullets flying almost nightly around their protest sites and marches, anti-government protesters are turning to makeshift bullet-proof vests reinforced with X-ray film to protect themselves. The vests are made on the spot near the rally sites, but do they work?

Many people firmly believe they do, but others are sceptical. Since our photographers and reporters are often in the line of fire, bulletproof vests are an important item of equipment. Thus, we decided to carry out some tests, both on the x-ray reinforced vests and the vests with metallic inserts used by our men.

Watch the video and see what they found out.

Video by Jetjaras Na Ranong.

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Vocabulary:

bullet-proof : strong enough to not allow bullets to go through - กันกระสุน,ลูกกระสุนยิงไม่เข้า

firmly : in a strong or definite way - อย่างหนักแน่น

in the line of fire (exp): in an area where guns are being fired, esp. within the path that bullets are traveling, i.e., in danger of being shot. -

insert (noun): something that is put inside something else, or added to something else - สิ่งแทรก

item : a single article or object - รายการ, รายการสิ่งของ

makeshift : using whatever is available and therefore not very good - สำหรับใช้ชั่วคราว, ใช้ประทังไปก่อน

metallic : made of or containing metal - ซึ่งประกอบด้วยโลหะ

protect : to make sure that something is not harmed or damaged - ปกป้อง, ป้องกัน

protest : a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง

protester : someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc - ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง

rally : a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something - การชุมนุม

reinforced : made stronger - เสริมให้แข็งแรงขึ้น

sceptical : having doubts about something that other people think is true or right - สงสัย

site : a place where something is located - สถานที่

spot : the particular place where someone or something is or happened - ที่, สถานที่

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