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VIDEO: This Week's Top Stories

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The biggest stories on Learning in the past week


The biggest story on Learning this week was the anti-government protests.


           
Police on Friday October 16 used water cannon against a large crowd of demonstrators at the Pathumwan intersection in central Bangkok.


Protestors gathered again at three sites in Bangkok on Saturday afternoon. The government ordered the shutdown of nearly all mass rail transit in the capital.


           
On Sunday, protests were held in about 20 locations outside Bangkok. Victory Monument and Asok intersection were the main sites in the capital.

Monday saw rallies at three sites in Bangkok as well as Nakhon Pathom, Buri Ram, Maha Sarakham, Songkhla, Ubon Ratchathani and Chiang Mai.

On Wednesday, protesters marched to Government House but were blocked by police.


Protestors had four demands: arrested protest leaders must be released; Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha must resign; the constitution should be amended and the monarchy reformed.



           

Vocabulary:

amended (adj): (of a law, document, agreement, etc.) having been change, especially in order to improve it - ที่ถูกแก้ไขเพิ่มเติม

arrested : caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime - ถูกจับกุม

capital : the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง

constitution : the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by - รัฐธรรมนูญ

demonstrators : people who march with other people in public to show that they support or oppose something - ผู้ชุมนุมประท้วง

mass transit : involving the movement of large numbers of people, using buses, trains, etc. - การขนส่งมวลชน

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

reform (verb): to improve a system, an organisation, a law, etc. by making changes to it - แก้ไข, ปรับปรุง,

resign : to leave a job permanently - ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง

shutdown (noun): turning something off, so that it is not operating anymore -

water cannon : a machine that produces a powerful flow of water, used by the police to control crowds of people -

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