The 2010 protests saw 91 people killed in which majority of them were unarmed civilians [File: Sakchai Lalit/AP]

A court in Thailand has dismissed terrorism charges against 24 leaders of an extended street protest in 2010 that saw key areas of central Bangkok closed off and engulfed in violence.

The Bangkok Criminal Court ruled on Wednesday that the two-month protest by the Red Shirt supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, during which 91 people were killed and thousands were hurt, was “a political fight, not terrorism”. The defendants were acquitted of all charges.

The case was brought by state prosecutors and more than 40 business owners affected by the Red Shirts’ seizure of Bangkok’s central shopping and business district.

The case involved charges of

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