Three red-shirt leaders arrested

13:17, April 16, 2010      

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At least three red-shirt leaders including Arisaman Pongruangrong, Phayup Panket and Suporn Atthawong have been arrested at the SC Park Hotel in Thai capital Bangkok on Friday, according to unconfirmed report.

All the three have been on the wanted list of the Thai government, local media reported.

Thai special forces earlier besieged SC Park Hotel to round up alleged terrorists and some red-shirt protesters' leaders, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said in a national televised speech on Friday.

Suthep, who is in charge of security affairs, said the arrested red-shirt leaders and alleged terrorists will be be taken to the headquarters of the 11th Infantry Regiment for questioning over their alleged involvement in deadly clashes with troops last weekend.

At least 24 people were killed and more than 800 injured in the clashes on April 10 as troops attempted to disperse the demonstrators, the worst political violence in nearly two decades.

The 11th Infantry Regiment in north Bangkok is home to the government's Center for the Resolution of Emergency Situation ( CRES) which is charge of implementing the state of emergency law.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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