Large number of Thais affected by political crisis seek help from gov't

07:55, May 24, 2010      

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A large number of Thais, whose businesses and properties were damaged by the recent violent movement of the anti-government protesters registered to seek help from the government, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported on Sunday.

After the political crisis ended, the Thai government set up a committee, which is chaired by Prime Minister's (PM) Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey, to assist the suffered Thais.

Combined losses of small businesses and private properties, which were registered with the government for help, are preliminarily valued at 2.288 billion baht (70.61 U.S. dollars).

These combined losses' value was collected during May 21 to 23 and during these three days totally 874 small business operators and the Bangkok's residences, whose businesses and properties were damaged by the protesters, reported their losses.

Meanwhile, the government has also set up a representative unit at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University, an alternative place, to facilitate the affected persons to register their losses.

The university is located nearby the Rajprasong Interaction, which is the main commercial area of the capital, where several businesses are allocated and have been dramatically hurt by the violent movement.

At this representative unit, totally 580 suffered persons registered their losses, which are totally valued at 442 million baht (13.64 million U.S. dollars).

On Monday (May 24), the committee is going to hold a meeting, scheduled at 10:00 a.m., local time, at the Government House in central Bangkok, in order to discuss measures to assist these suffered people.

The anti-government protesters had occupied the Rajprasong area since early April before they ended their prolonged rally at 13:00 hours on May 19.

Source: Xinhua


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