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Two yellow-shirt leaders arrested for seizure of two Bangkok airports

Chaiwat Sinsuwong and Somboon Thongburan, two former yellow-shirt leaders facing terrorism charges over the seizure of two Bangkok airports in 2008, were arrested yesterday during a protest against the jailing of seven Thais in Cambodia.

Crime Suppression police nabbed the two after Chaiwat had earlier dared the police to arrest him.

It was unclear why Chaiwat was taken into police custody while leading the street rally at Government House to demand the unconditional release of the seven Thais detained in Cambodia.

Since December 29, Chaiwat and Somboon have spearheaded the protests under the banner of the Thai Patriots Network.

The group split from the mainstream People’s Alliance for Democracy after a tactical disagreement. The PAD will begin its own rally on Tuesday.

In the morning, the network marched from Government House to the Royal Household Bureau to submit a petition seeking royal assistance for the seven Thais.

The Nation

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