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article imageMoney for Thailand's victims of political strife

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By Alessio Fratticcioli     Jan 11, 2012 in World
Bangkok - The cabinet has approved a compensation package for victims of all the political violence which took place between 2005 and 2010.
The government followed recommendations from the Truth for National Reconciliation Commission.
Under the package, the family of each victim will be entitled to 4.5 million baht (ca. US$150,000). Victims who suffered losses of body parts and those with moderate and minor injuries will be paid 3.6 million baht to 225,000 baht, depending on the severity of the injures. Others entitled to payments include victims who were wrongly imprisoned.
Anyway, some of the victims expressed the desire to have justice, not money. Payao Akkhahad, the mother of a 25-year-old nurse shot dead during the anti-protesters military crackdown in Bangkok on May 19, 2010, said she did not care about the money and did not feel happy about the news but she would like to see the murderers under trial:
"Losing my beloved daughter can't compare with that money. The life of my daughter is greater than that, even though it is such a lot of money.. My aim is to bring to justice those who shot my daughter dead. I'll keep fighting till the end of my life."
In 2006 Thailand suffered a military coup d'├ętat against the elected government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. In March to May 2010 an army crackdown against anti-government and mostly pro-Thaksin protests resulted in the death of 91 people, including a Japanese journalist and an Italian photo-reporter.
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