PM lifts state of emergency 7.20 pm Saturday
The summit of Asean leaders with dialogue partners has been cancelled and state of emergency declared in Pattaya after a clash of red-shirted and blue-shirted people outside the meeting venue and a subsequent invasion of the hotel.
Red-shirted protesters armed with giant firecrackers, Molotov cocktails, sling shots and batons, battled with local people who formed a line to protect the venue of Asean +6 summit venue here Saturday morning. The clash happened at 8:40 am.
Govt announces state of emergency in Pattaya, Chon Buri
Prime Minister Abhisit announced on TV that the government announced state of emergency in Pattaya and Chon Buri following the raid of the summit venue.
Abhisit said Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban was assigned to enforce the emergency law to control the situation.
He said the government had made sure that all Asean leaders and other foreign leaders would leave the country safely.
Protesters smashed windows of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Hotel at 12:55 pm and went inside the press centre, terrifying both local and foreign reporters.
The protesters kept on walking into the inner part of the hotel where some foreign leaders were holding a meeting.
Asean leaders will meet in Bangkok again in August, to sign the two free trade agreements with China and India, said an official from the Commerce Ministry.