Thai government says protest leaders to surrender

Other News Materials 19 May 2010 11:14 (UTC +04:00)

A Thai senator at the centre of negotiations between the government and protestors said Wednesday that protest leaders had agreed to surrender to police, DPA reported.

Senator Lertrat Rattanawanich said core leaders of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) Nattawut Saikua, Weng Tojirakarn and Jatuporn Prompan agreed to give themselves up Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn had said the main UDD leaders had fled their protest site at the Ratchaprasong area of central Bangkok as the Thai army sought to recapture the upscale shopping and hotel district.

Thousands of troops have surrounded the 3-square-kilometre Ratchaprasong area, but the troops have themselves been cornered by new pockets of protestors elsewhere in the city.