Thai Red Shirt leaders indicted for referendum activity

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Posted: Dec 16, 2016 9:23 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Prosecutors in Thailand have indicted 19 senior members of the anti-coup Red Shirt movement for violating a ban on political activities when they sought to open an office to monitor last August's referendum on a new constitution.

The draft charter, criticized as undemocratic but promoted by the military regime that seized power from an elected government in May 2014, was passed.

The Red Shirt movement is closely associated with the Pheu Thai party that led the ousted civilian government.

The indictments appear to mark a resumption of government pressure on its opponents after a period of relative political calm following the Oct. 13 death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his succession by his son, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, at the beginning of this month.