A Thai anti-government protest leader on Friday escaped from a Bangkok hotel besieged by security forces by climbing down a rope, television footage showed.
Red Shirt leader Arisman Pongruangrong was seen descending a rope to leave the SC Park hotel in Bangkok's northern outskirts where government security forces had been deployed to arrest him.
Arisman told supporters by megaphone he had escaped an assassination attempt.
"He wanted to kill me. The policeman tried to kill me. My room 377 has two bombs in it," Arisman told the assembled Red Shirts amid chaotic scenes outside the hotel.