Victims in 2013-14 political violence to be compensated

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The Social Development and Human Security Ministry is set to compensate families of those killed, and people injured during the political violence in 2013-2014.

Deputy director-general of the ministry’s Department of Social Development and Welfare Mrs Kwanwong Pikulthong said a total of 868 people were affected by the political violence, breaking down to 28 killed and 840 injured.

She said for those who died, their families would receive 400,000 baht in compensation, 200,000 baht for those who were disabled, 100,000 baht for those critically injured, 60,000 baht for those injured, and 20,000 baht for slight injuries.

Those who were affected are required to register for compensation from February 17 h March 17 at the Department of Social Development and Welfare in Bangkok, and its offices in all provinces.

She said authorities will thoroughly check the documents of all applicants if they meet the official requirements, and will submit their names to the Bureau of Budget for budget approval.

First payment of the compensation is expected to be made end of April this year she added.

The political violence broke out during the anti government protest held by the defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee under the leadership of former secretary-general of the Democrat Party Suthep Thaugsuban against the government of former prime minister Ms Yingluck Shinawatra.

Suthep pressured for the ouster of Ms Yingluck by stepping up the anti government protest to “Bangkok  Shutdown” in January 2014.