About murder and politics
When a key canvasser in Ang Thong was ambushed and gunned down, it dealt a blow to the election campaign against Pheu Thai.
For previous Bangkok Post articles that touch on politics, business and murder in Thailand see: #1, #2, #3 and #4.
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Banharn raises fear of more violence: Candidates must not go out alone, he says
Chartthaipattana chief adviser Banharn Silpa-archa has warned all party members against possible attacks after a key canvasser in Ang Thong was shot dead late on Sunday night.
He told his Chartthaipattana colleagues to "have someone accompany you or watch over you left and right" when going out and to avoid travelling at night.
Mr Banharn's warning yesterday came after Wirot Damsanit, former head of Phong Pheng tambon administration organisation in Ang Thong, and his wife Phonphen, were ambushed as they were driving home in Pa Mok district.
According to an investigation, at least three attackers had hidden behind a knoll not far from Wirot's house.
Wirot, 44, succumbed to severe wounds while his wife is being treated at a hospital in Ang Thong, police said.
"Our party has lost a key man," said party adviser Somsak Prissananantakul.
Wirot, a close aide of Mr Somsak, had won wide support from many people in tambon Phong Pheng. His death has dealt a blow to the party's election campaign in the area where its candidate was competing for a House seat against one from Pheu Thai, he said.
The party had planned to campaign in tambon Phong Pheng yesterday, but postponed it after Wirot's death.
Political violence previously erupted in the area in 1988 when a supporter of the party, then called Chart Thai, was hurt in a bomb blast while going to a ballot venue, Mr Somsak recalled.
Police suspected Wirot's murder was politically motivated but Mr Somsak declined to comment on whether it had anything to do with national politics.
He asked police to speed up the hunt for the culprits because their arrest would help curb violence in other areas.
The event has spurred police in Ayutthaya to tighten security during the run-up to the July3 election. Police would also be sent to escort election candidates and canvassers at their request.
Pa Mok district is adjacent to Ayutthaya, so all police stations in the province would have to be more aware to prevent possible violence, said Ayutthaya police chief Anurak Daengkasem.
He said he did not want to see "a bloody election."
Earlier, Ayutthaya police rounded up 10 suspects for violating the Firearms Act and seized 12 guns from them in a crackdown on crime, including drug-related activities
In another development, Nakhon Ratchasima police yesterday said the gunman suspected of killing a key supporter of the Chart Pattana Puea Pandin Party is hiding somewhere in the lower part of the Northeast.
Officers are pressuring the suspect, Sawai Khanthaphaibun, 49, to surrender because his penalty could be commuted, said deputy Nakhon Ratchasima police chief Wachirawit Kritritthisak, who believed the man would be arrested within two days.
Mr Sawai allegedly gunned down Wanida Setaputta, 49, and her 29-year-old son Jetsada at their restaurant in Muang district on May 20. Police said Mr Sawai said he was the new husband of Wanida and shot the two after he had an argument with her about him having an affair with a female employee.The death of Wanida, a councillor for Nakhon Ratchasima provincial administration organisation, would affect Chart Pattana Puea Pandin's political base in the province, the party's de facto leader Suwat Liptapanlop said.
In Bangkok, city police are also tightening up security by sending officers to stand guard at headquarters of political parties.
They are also trying to find ways to prevent election campaign posters being vandalised.
Deputy city police chief Kririn Inkaeo said election candidates could also ask police officers to guard them.
(Source: Bangkok Post, Banharn raises fear of more violence, Candidates must not go out alone, he says, 24/05/2011, link)
violence - physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง
party - political party
political party - a group of politicians working together to get elected to government offices พรรคการเมือง
party member - a politician who is a member of a political party
key - important คนสำคัญ
canvasser - person whose job is to try and get support for a candidate or political party in a particular area หัวคะแนน
shot dead - person shot a bullet into them with a gun and they died
colleagues - the people you work with
accompany - to go with someone ไปกับ,ไปด้วยกัน,ไปเป็นเพื่อน
Tambon Administration Organisation (TAO) - the local government organization at the provincial level in Thailand
ambush - hiding and waiting for people and then attacking them when they appear ซุ่มโจมตี
ambushed - attacked by people who were hiding and waiting for you to pass by a certain place
investigation - the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
knoll - a low hill (with gentle slopes and rounded top)
succumbed - died
severe - very serious and worrying ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง
key man - important person
aide - someone whose job is to help another person in their work ผู้ช่วย
close aide - an aide who is also a friend (and perhaps knows a lot about the person)
support - help สนับสนุน
won wide support - gained many friends and followers who voted for him and helped him in his election campaign
blow - an event that damages your chances of success สิ่งที่ทำให้เกิดความเสียหาย
dealt a blow to Y - decreased the chances of success in activity Y
election - the process of choosing a person or a group of person for a position, especially by voting elect (v) electoral (adj) synonym: the polls การเลือกตั้ง
campaign - to take part in a planned series of activities (a campaign) designed to persuade voters to vote for a particular candidate or political party รณรงค์หาเสียง
candidate - a person who is trying to win an elected position ผู้สมัคร
postponed - delayed; decided that something will be done at a later time เลื่อนออกไป
erupted - happen suddenly and dangerously (like a vocano erupting) ระเบิดขึ้น
blast - explosion with a very loud and unpleasant noise เปิดเสียงดังมากๆ
venue - the place where an activity or event happens สถานที่ที่จัดงาน
ballot venue - a place where people vote in an election
recalled - remembered นึกทบทวน จำได้
suspected - people believe that they might have done something wrong, but not yet proven เป็นที่สงสัย
murder - the crime of intentionally killing a person ฆาตกรรม
motivated - done for a particular reason มีแรงจูงใจ ถูกโน้มน้าวใจ
politically motivated - done because of politics
comment - to express an opinion, remark แสดงความคิดเห็น
declined to comment - did not say what their opinion was (refused to share their opinion)
hunt for Y - search for Y, look for Y
culprits - people who did something wrong (here the traders who are partly responsible for the crisis) ผู้กระทำผิด
curb - to control or limit something that is harmful ระงับ, ควบคุม
curb violence - reduce or end violence
spurred - caused ก่อให้เกิด
security - the need to provide safety from attack, harm or damage ความปลอดภัย
tighten security - increase security
run-up to election - the period of time before an election
escort - to go with someone (to help or protect) คุ้ม, มีขบวนนำไป
adjacent - very near, next to, or touching ติดกัน
aware - knowing that something exists, or having knowledge or experience of a particular thing ทราบ
suspects - people who may have committed the crime, identified by the police ผู้ต้องสงสัย
suspects - people that the police think might be guilty of a crime
crackdown - strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity การใช้กำลังเข้าปราบปรามของเจ้าหน้าที่, การใช้กำลังสลายผู้ประท้วง, การปราบจลาจล
crackdown - strong official action to punish lawbreakers การปราบปรามขั้นเด็ดขาด
developing new story - a news story that has not finished yet, important events are still happening, the problem has not been resolved yet, there will be important news stories in the future
in another development - other news related to this event or series of events, other events related to this news story
pressuring X to do Y - trying to make or force person X to do action Y
suspect - a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
surrender - to give yourself up ยอมแพ้ ยอมจำนน
penalty - a punishment, or the usual punishment, for doing something that is against a law โทษ
commute penalty - a less severe penalty is given (example: the sentence of death was commuted to life in prison)
deputy - the person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง, ตัวแทน,ผู้รักษาการแทน
gunned down - shot by a gun
allegedly - claimed but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
argument - a fight, a dispute
having an affair - having a love relationship (often outside outside of marriage)
female - of a woman สำหรับผู้หญิง
employee - someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation ลูกจ้าง
political base in the province - the people who support, help and vote for the political party in the province
de facto - what actually happens, but may not match what the law says should happen (happens in practice, but not necessarily according to the law or what is officially claimed)
de facto leader - the actual leader (but not officially or legally)
officers - high ranking managers in a company (Photo on right of one of the first computers, the gigantic
headquarters - the place where an organisation or company has its main offices, place from where operations are controlled กองบัญชาการ, สำนักงานใหญ่
stand guard - when a guard is positioned outside a person's house, office, room etc. to protect a person from harm
vandalise - the crime of damaging and destroying a building (or some other thing such as a political poster here)