Court drops charges against anti-election protesters

The Criminal Court has dropped charges against anti-election protesters who barricaded a Bangkok District Office in early 2014 to prevent the general election from taking place.  

According to T News, at 10:00 am on Thursday, 9 July 2015, Bangkok’s Criminal Court dropped charges against People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) demonstrators who barred the Din Daeng District Office in northern Bangkok, to prevent the distribution of ballot papers polling stations on 2 February 2014.

The court ruled that there is no evidence that the PDRC demonstrators used padlocks to barricade the fence of the district office as indicted.

The Criminal Court also cited an earlier ruling of the Constitutional Court that the PDRC demonstrations at the time of the general election in February were lawful.

On 2 February 2014, 175 polling stations could not open because PDRC protesters prevented the transportation of ballot papers from the Din Daeng District Office.

Voters gathering at Din Daeng District Office in Bangkok on 2 February 2014 to claim their right to vote amid the presence of anti-election PDRC protesters who barricaded the office.

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