Thai ‘Yellow Shirt’ leaders charged for 2008 rally
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Thai ‘Yellow Shirt’ leaders charged for 2008 rally

BANGKOK (AP) — Protest leaders in Thailand have been indicted for storming the prime minister’s office compound and sealing off Parliament during massive anti-government rallies in 2008.

Prosecutors filed charges Thursday against Sondhi Limthongkul, Chamlong Srimuang and other leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, also known as the Yellow Shirts.

They face up to five years in prison for trespassing at Government House during an August 2008 rally. They face an additional seven years in prison for blockading the Parliament in an October 2008 rally that left hundreds injured.

They also led a two-week seizure of Bangkok airports but have not yet been charged for that.

The protests were against then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. His sister, Yingluck, is now premier, which critics say has helped accelerate long-stalled legal cases against Thaksin opponents.