Jatuporn sparks a debate

Jatuporn Prompan's demand that the families of the 92 slain victims of last year’s violence in Bangkok be given 10 million baht by the government has sparked a debate.

Red-shirt core leader and Pheu Thai list MP Jatuporn Prompan demands for government compensation for slain protestors has prompted a debate over who else to compensate.


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Jatuporn sparks a debate

The demand by red-shirt core leader and Pheu Thai list MP Jatuporn Prompan that the families of the 92 slain victims of last year’s violence in Bangkok be given 10 million baht by the government has sparked a debate.

The gesture, Mr Jatuporn said, would be a major step forward in the reconciliation process.

While not disagreeing with Mr Jatuporn, Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa said on Monday that families of other people killed in protests should be treated equally.

"If the government is to pay such compensation, it should pay the same compensation to families of military officers and yellow shirt protesters as well," he said.

Writing in the Bangkok Post, former editor Veera Prateepchaikul, went further than either Mr Jatuporn or General Yutthasak.

“If the families of the 92 victims of the violence in Bangkok in April and May last year were to each get 10 million baht for the sake of reconciliation, then shouldn't the families of the Tak Bai and Krue Se victims in the far South be given the same treatment for the same reason?,” he asked.

One proposal that is unlikely to go anywhere came from Democrat MP for Phetchaburi province Atthaporn Polabutr.

He suggested yesterday that the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) should ask former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to pay the relatives of those killed in the red-shirt protests last year because he had caused all the deaths and injuries by trying to spark a civil war to change the whole administrative system.
 
Adapted from various stories from the Bangkok Post.

core leader – one of the most active or most important leaders of a group แกนนำ
party-list – a system that gives each party in an election a number of seats in relation to the number of votes its candidates receive ระบบสัดส่วน, ระบบปาร์ตี้ลิสต์
slain – killed in a violent way  ถูกฆ่าทารุณ, ถูกสังหารโหด
prompt – to cause someone to take action กระตุ้น
debate – a discussion in which people or groups state different opinions about a subject การอภิปราย, การโต้วาที, การถกเถียง
protester – someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc  ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง
compensate – to pay money to someone because something bad has happened to them  ชดเชย
spark – to make something happen ก่อให้เกิด
demand – a very firm request for something ข้อเรียกร้อง, การเรียกร้อง
victims – people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
violence – physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง
gesture – something that you do or say to show a particular feeling or intention ท่าที
reconciliation – a new and friendly relationship with someone who you argued with or fought with การทำให้ปรองดองกันอีก,  การสมานฉันท์
process – a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
treat – to behave in a particular way towards somebody/something ปฏิบัติ(ต่อ)
equally – evenly; the same for all อย่างเท่ากัน
compensation – money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them  เงินชดเชย
editor – a person who is in charge of a newspaper, magazine, etc, or part of one, and who decides what should be included บรรณาธิการ
for the sake of – for the benefit or good of someone or something เพื่อ
proposal – a plan or suggestion for a group to consider ข้อเสนอ
unlikely – not expected to happen; probably won’t happen ที่ไม่น่าจะเกิดขึ้น
United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) – the group originally formed to demonstrate against the 2006 coup and which supported the Somchai Wongsawat government against the PAD and which led the fight against the Abhisit government. They are known for wearing red shirts แนวร่วมประชาธิปไตยต่อต้านเผด็จการแห่งชาต
relative – a member of your family ญาติพี่น้อง
injury – physical damage done to a person or a part of their body อาการบาดเจ็บ
civil war – a war fought by different groups of people living in the same country สงครามกลางเมือง
administrative – of the process or act of organising the way that something is done  การบริหาร

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