Finally – Yellow Shirt convictions!

The Bangkok Criminal Court has just sentenced several members of the Yellow Shirt movement to 12-30 months for overrunning the National Broadcasting Services in 2008. Given the Constitutional Courts refusal to rule on the merits of the charges against the Democrat Party last month, this conviction is the first against the Yellow Shirt/anti-Thaksin forces. It’s not clear yet if this will be enough to satiate Red Shirts who complained about the partial judiciary. In all likelihood, it won’t. After all, the Yellow Shirts convicted were relatively minor figures, not the leadership. Still, perhaps it foreshadows further prosecutions and convictions against Yellow Shirts, such as the ringleaders of the airport sit-in in late 2008.

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