Thailand’s government security agency said a Black Hawk helicopter landed at Parliament and evacuated politicians trapped by anti-government protesters who had stormed the compound and surrounded the building.
A statement from the agency, known as CAPO, said the helicopter carrying “five soldiers armed with M16s landed on the Parliament’s helipad and picked up ministers and lawmakers trapped inside”.
INN television reported that Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban was among those evacuated.
Other politicians had already scaled walls to flee protesters who surrounded the Parliament and briefly broke into the building before retreating.
The so-called Red Shirt protesters have been camped in Bangkok since March 12 and say they will continue protests until Parliament is dissolved.