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29 October 2008 :: 19:10:32 pm 40926

Pad Receives Bt35 Million In Donations For October 7 Victims

BANGKOK, Oct 29 - The anti-government People‘s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) said that donations for casualties from the violent clash at Parliament on October 7 has reached more than Bt35 million, while the anti-government protesters plan to petition at the British embassy to object the political asylum‘s attempt of former prime minister Thaksin Shinwatra.
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Top PAD leader Maj-Gen. Chamlong Srimuang said the protest group’s balance sheet for the victims of the October 7 incident totalled over Bt 35 million, of which Bt5.5 million would be given to families of the victims who died while Bt29.6 million was set for the wounded protesters.

The PAD initially gave Bt1 millon (about US$28,000) to the families of the two persons who died in the clash, he said, adding that protesters injured to the extent that they could no longer conduct their careers were awarded Bt500,000 each (about $14,000). The other wounded protesters received assistance in descending order depending on the degree of severity of the injuries.

“The donations PAD received has nothing to do with the government’s compensation,” Gen. Chamlong said.

“PAD vows to help the victims acquire land to earn their living as well as giving assistance for education for the children of victims.”

He further stressed that the PAD was not always asking for donations. It would do so only when the time was appropriate and the money would be used in accordance with the will of donors.

Meanwhile, PAD core leader Pipob Thongchai said that the anti-government protestors will march to Sukhumvit Road on Thursday, starting from the British embassy to the Emporium department store.

Gathering at the British embassy to file a complaint, objecting to ousted prime minister Thaksin’s application for political asylum in Britain is being under consideration.

After that the PAD would march to Sukhumvit road on Thursday to distribute the public with leaflets and VCDs on the police action against protesters. “Protesting on a public road is the PAD’s right under the constitution and it does not violate anyone’s personal

rights,” Mr. Pipob said, as it can be done in public areas. Although it sometimes causes traffic congestion, those affected must sacrifice for the public.” (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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