One red-shirt leader escapes from besieged hotel

13:22, April 16, 2010      

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One of the red-shirt protesters' leader, Arisaman Pongruangrong, was rescued by the protesters from the besieged hotel in Bangkok and put in a car on Friday, sources said.

Local TV said some police officers were injured in the operation and a door of the hotel was damaged.

The red-shirt protesters surrounded the hotel soon after the army took action to search for alleged "terrorists" and red-shirt leaders hiding there.

Meanwhile, a red-shirt spokesman said the protestors will cancel a planned trip to several local TV stations including the state TV NBT to hand in their pleas for unbiased reports this afternoon.

According to earlier unconfirmed report, at least three red- shirt leaders including Arisaman Pongruangrong, Phayup Panket and Suporn Atthawong were arrested at the SC Park Hotel in Thai capital on Friday,

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

Thai special forces 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 would 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 which is charge of implementing the state of emergency law.

Source: Xinhua


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