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The court has dropped all charges against another 67 anti-government protesters who were involved in a shutdown of Bangkok’s two main airports in 2008, citing that the protest was considered a peaceful assembly.

The 67 protesters, who were members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) or so-called Yellow Shirts, faced several charges, including insurrection, causing damage to the airports, and causing a public way to be dangerous to traffic, according to Khaosod Online and Thai Post.

The criminal court ruled on Friday that they were cleared of all charges, saying that their actions were considered a peaceful assembly without weapons and they were not found to have committed the alleged offences. According to the court, the protesters gathered at Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi Airports during November and December 2008 to seek the resignation of the then PM Somchai Wongsawat, who was accused of corruption. The protesters denied all allegations. The court said no damage was caused and the protest did not interrupt air traffic.

 The Court had previously dropped charges against another 13 protesters who led the protests. They were found guilty only of violating the Emergency Decree and ordered to pay fines of 20,000 baht each. In a 2017 civil case, all were also ordered to pay compensation to the Airport of Thailand Public Company in the amount of 522,160,947.31 baht. Last year, 11 out of 13 protesters were declared bankrupt.

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