Thai 'Red shirt' leaders surrender
Thailand's anti-government "Red Shirts" yesterday ended their street
protest campaign as leaders surrendered to police after a military
offensive against their rally base.
At least four Reds leaders turned themselves in, after an
overwhelming operation by troops who punched through the barricades of
their camp in Bangkok's shopping district which they have occupied for
The leaders asked thousands of supporters in the camp to leave, and
to proceed to an area where the government has laid on buses so they can
depart the capital.
I ask everyone to go home, said senior Reds figure Nattawut Saikuar
in a television interview from the National Police Office where he was
in custody. There will be police guarding the road and providing
security for you. I hope that you return home safely, he said.
Earlier, Reds leaders had tearfully announced the end of their
protest movement in front of a large crowd of emotional supporters,
including many women and children.
I know that you are suffering. Some of us are speechless. But we
want to stop any more deaths here, said Jatuporn Prompan.
I know that if the military comes here many of you will sacrifice
your lives and we cannot stand to see that.
We are ending the protests here, said Nattawut from the main
I know this is unacceptable to some of you and some of you do not
want to hear but we cannot stand against this cruelty. We will
exchange our freedom with your safety.
We have tried our best. AFP