Thai police arrest top anti-govt protest leader

October 5, 2008 06:12


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Thai police arrested Sunday a key protest leader and one-time Bangkok mayor on charges of insurrection in a continuing crackdown against an anti-government movement that spearheaded the ouster of a prime minister last month. Chamlong Srimuang was seen being hauled away by police at a polling station where elections for the city's top job were beginning. Police Colonel Sarathon Pradit confirmed that Chamlong had been arrested. Police on Aug. 27 issued arrest warrants for nine protest leaders on a variety of charges including insurrection, which carries a maximum penalty of death or life imprisonment. Another key figure, Chaiwat Sinsuwongse, was arrested Friday on the same charges. The nine are members of the People's Alliance for Democracy, the anti-government group that led mass street demonstrations that led to the ouster of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej last month.

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