Dusit Thani Bangkok closed as Thailand's anti-government protesters surrender

Dusit Thani Bangkok has closed and been evacuated following an attack on the hotel prior to today's surrender of anti-government protesters.

Bangkok on 19 May, view from Chaophya Park Hotel & Resorts
Bangkok on 19 May, view from Chaophya Park Hotel & Resorts

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is reporting that three rocket-propelled grenades were fired at the Dusit Thani hotel, close to the Silom MRT station on 16 May. There were no injuries.

Dusit International said in a statement that Dusit Thani Bangkok is closed until 24 May and that most guests and staff have been evacuated but some foreign journalists are being accommodated at the property.

"The hotel sustained superficial damage to the exterior in an unoccupied area and no one has been injured," said the Dusit International statement. "Throughout the investigation process, we have been providing our full support to the authorities."

It has been reported that anti-government protest leaders surrendered in Bangkok today.

The British Embassy in Bangkok remains closed and the FCO advises against all but essential travel to the Thai capital, and against all travel to specific parts of the country.

Chaophya Park Hotel & Resorts general manager Andrew Wood, who is based in Bangkok, said: "Red shirt leaders have surrendered, Ratchaprasong is clear, and the army says its operations are complete. Fires are still breaking out, including at Central World shopping centre, as hard core protesters torch tyres soaked in petrol around Bangkok. It may be all over soon if these pockets of red shirts can be cleared."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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