Thai protester evades police by climbing down hotel on rope.
Red shirt leader upsets the government with his defying escape after police encircles a Bangkok hotel near BTS, with cheerers seen below.
The protest leader escaped police today by climbing down a hotel with a rope while his advocates held two police officers on hostage in a dramatic twist to Thailand’s political crisis.
The Thai government was somehow embarrassed by Arisman Pongruangrong’s escapade at a hotel in downtown Bangkok. You can witness how it is in this hotel near BTS, such an expected thing to do.
Authorities tried to end a month long sit in by thousands of “red shirt” protestors in one of Bangkok’s most popular shopping and tourist districts. Around 24 people died last week when troopers tried to clear away these protestors.
The red shirts are campaigning against the prime ministerAbhisitVejjajiva. The failed suppression warned the government to attempt another confrontation with them.
In about thirty minutes or less before the hotel near BTS, deputy prime ministerSuthepThaugsuban declared on national television that authorities had surrounded the SC Park hotel in Bangkok, where Arisman and his supporters were staying.
Arisman slid down from the third-storey ledge of the hotel with a rope looped around his waist. A huge crowd of waiting supporters led him to a car.
The pop singer turned activist returned and mounted on top of a van to deliver a speech and declare that the red shirts, supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, had held two police officers hostage.
Police blocked entrances and encircled the hotel near BTS, but were exceeded in number by red shirts who attacked the building with no resistance to aid the escape of Arisman.
Red shirt protestors, mostly coming from the rural poor, have assembled in Bangkok since March. They inhabited two areas, one of which police officers tried to clear on Saturday leading to the death of 24 people and more than 800 injured in the worst political violence that ever happened in Thailand.
The crisis created a division into colour-coded camps, jeopardizing to sink the economy that had recently began to revive. The yellow shirts oppose the red shirts, with the yellow group supporting the government.