Red Shirts Gathered in Front Pattaya City Hall AgainThe red shirts were yet again outside Pattaya city hall in protest of the coup. The soldiers asked them to end the protest to which they obeyed.
PATTAYA-May 23, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News];- at 16.30 pm. Pattaya reporters revealed that 50 red shirt protesters were gathering in front of Tesco Lotus which is located opposite Pattaya City Hall and criticized the coup. Mr Ronnakij Aekasingha-deputy mayor of Pattaya-, Pattaya police, municipal officers and Territorial Defence Volunteers monitored the situation.
Col Khom Wiriyawetchakul-chief of the 14th Military Circle in Chonburi- had taken troops to Pattaya city hall and surrounded it. The officers inside exited the building via the back door.
A while later Col Khom negotiated with the protesters who were protesting in front of Tesco Lotus. He told them that if they are to protest they need to keep calm. Plus he will report the incident to his commander because this type of action has severely affected the tourism in Pattaya.
Mr.sakchai Tang-ho-Bang Lamung District Chief Officer- said that he sympathises with the operators who has been affected from the unrest situation. However he has asked the Chonburi governor about opening-closing times of entertainment venues in Pattaya.
The reporters revealed that the protesters ended the protest without violence after the protesters and officers had been negotiating. However the soldiers were still in front of Pattaya City Hall.