Thai cabinet approves compensation scheme for clash victims

19:00, April 20, 2010      

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Thai Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to pay compensation and provide assistance for relatives of those killed or injured during the deadly clashes between security personnel and the red-shirt protesters.

The Cabinet agreed to set aside 25 million baht (about 0.83 million US dollars) for the victims of the deadly clashes on April 10, which killed 25 people and injured over 800, with many of them still in hospital.

Under the compensation scheme, relatives of those who died in the clashes would get 400,000 baht for each of the deaths while those injured could get up to 200,000 baht each, local media reported.

The compensation is expected to be handed out next week.

The compensation scheme, proposed by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, was announced after a routine Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on the day.

Head of the Thai ministry Issara Somchai said if the 25 million baht is not enough, the ministry can directly ask for more from the Budget Bureau without having to seek cabinet approval.

Source: Xinhua


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