Former Thai premier charged with murder


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BANGKOK (AP) - Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been formally charged with murder in connection with the 2010 deaths of protesters killed during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrators, amid weeks of renewed protests.

Abhisit, who was charged with the deaths of a 43-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl, denied the charges Thursday.

About 90 people were killed in the crackdown. Other cases are still pending against Abhisit.

In 2010, "Red Shirt" protesters occupied downtown Bangkok for months. The Red Shirts support former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose sister Yingluck is now the premier.

Today, Thaksin's supporters control the government, and supporters of Abhisit's former government are demanding the current administration step down.

Abhisit's government approved the use of live ammunition under limited conditions and deployed sharpshooters during the 2010 demonstrations.

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