The government began compensation payments for the May 2010 violence Thursday with several recipients objecting to a condition requiring them to drop lawsuits against the state.
Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit, right, hands a ceremonial cheque and a ceremonial lottery ticket from the Government Savings Bank to Payao Akkahad at Government House. Mrs Payao, who lost her daughter in the crackdown on redshirt protesters in Bangkok two years ago, received 7 million baht in compensation at the ceremony, held Thursday. CHANAT KATANYU
Around 522 relatives and victims of the May 2010 violence were due to receive payouts Thursday but complaints were immediately heard among many when they learned they would only get the money if they agreed to drop legal action.
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