Smog lingers as the sun rises over Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Bangkok Real-time Air Quality Index shows unhealthy level of PM2.5 in the day. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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The firebrand leader of anti-government protests that presaged Thailand's 2014 military coup was indicted on treason and terrorism charges Wednesday linked to the deadly demonstrations.Suthep Thaugsuban, whose protest movement paralyzed Bangkok for months and led to the toppling of the elected government in May 2014, was formally charged alongside eight other Democrat party politicians.Suthep and the other Democrat politicians -- a faction seen as aligned with the army -- were charged with "treason, illegal gathering, and incitement," said the state prosecutor's deputy spokesman Prayut Petkhun.The Shinawatras' ousted Pheu Thai party has also been severely weakened since the coup, with former premier Yingluck fleeing the kingdom last year to avoid a corruption conviction she says was politically motivated.
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