Second batch of airport protesters charged in court

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BANGKOK, March 21 – Fourteen ‘Yellow Shirt’ People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) activists were formally charged in Thailand’s Criminal Court today in connection with the 2008 invasions into Bangkok’s two major airports. 

The prosecutor said the group was involved in a rebellious act in an attempt to change the law, forcibly topple the government, use force to coerce others and gather in groups of more than 10 persons to attack others, all of which led to unrest in the country.

The group allegedly invaded and caused damage to Don Meaung and Suvarnabhumi airports on Nov 29, 2008.

The 14 defendants were among 114 yellow shirt political activists allegedly implicated in the protest and illegal activity. Thirty-one of them were earlier charged in Criminal Court.

The Criminal Court accepted the case and set April 29 for the first hearing.

The defendants were released on bail after their lawyer posted a Bt600,000 bond for each of them.