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Thai opposition leaders surrender to police

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  • NEW: 7 leaders of People Alliance of Democracy expected to be released on bond
  • NEW: They turned themselves into Nang Leong Police Station Friday morning
  • Court revokes charges of treason, stockpiling weapons, refusing to disperse
  • Two people were killed, over 400 people injured in Tuesday clashes
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BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- Leaders of an anti-government group that have orchestrated months of protests in Thailand have turned themselves into police Friday, authorities said.

Two of the seven leaders of the group -- People Alliance of Democracy (PAD) -- were released on bond Friday morning and the others were expected to be freed later, police told CNN.

The leaders are part of a group of 9 wanted on charges of insurrection, conspiracy, illegal assembly and refusal to disperse.

They turned themselves into Nang Leong Police Station Friday morning.

The two other wanted protest leaders were arrested last week on similar charges and were released on bail.

The arrests are the latest flare-up in an ongoing crisis that has gripped the nation since summer, when anti-government demonstrators, led by the PAD, undertook efforts to purge the current Cabinet.

Since August 26, the PAD and its supporters have laid siege to the Government House -- the seat of the Thai government -- saying they will not leave until the ruling People Power Party (PPP) and its allies are ousted from office. Video Watch more about the protests »

On Tuesday, the clash between PAD and policemen caused two deaths and more than 400 injured from both sides, hospital officials told CNN

Even after the arrests Friday there were no indications that the public protests were going to die down.

The anti-government alliance accuses the PPP of being a proxy government for one-time Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a bloodless coup in 2006.

Thaksin returned to Thailand after the PPP swept into power in December 2007, but fled again in August, just as he was to appear in a corruption case against him.


The PAD contends that the PPP wants to amend the constitution so Thaksin does not have to face charges.

The protesters have held mass street demonstrations, some of which ended in violent clashes with pro-government supporters.

CNN's Kocha Olarn contributed to this report.

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