Paying for the Red Shirt dead

NACC charge Yingluck and her former cabinet of malfeasance over compensation to victims of political violence – ThaiPBS, May 15, 2015
…NACC spokesman Vicha Mahakhun disclosed Thursday that the commission found that the payment of the financial compensation from the Central Fund had no legal basis because it did not concern the government’s performance of duty in national administration. Nor did it concern public service or for emergency case…

[The context of these government payments was not about reconciliation, but was preparation for the Pheu Thai amnesty bills for Thaksin. The payments were intended to soothe the anger of family support groups and other fringe Red Shirt activists who wanted justice for their dead. At several points, Thaksin himself attempted to placate these groups with exhortations to “forgive and forget” their grievances since amnesty would be forthcoming. However, these groups remained firm on opposing the blanket amnesty.]


Above: From Manager, May 31, 2013
Red Shirt leader Nattawut Saikua: What? You have already sold these dead bodies for 7 million baht to us for bringing Thaksin home. What more do you want?
Protest boards: Relatives of victims, Oppose the amnesty bills
The man to left of Nattawut is Jatuporn Prompan, another Red Shirt leader
Caption: This is what these guys really want to say.

[Refers to opposition to amnesty bills proposed by Deputy PM Chalerm Yubamrung and Pheu Thai MP Warach Hema. The relatives of the victims of the political unrest in 2010 believe both bills would benefit people who ordered the killings of people during that time.
The government agreed to provide financial compensation of up to 7 million baht to people affected by the unrest. This is seen as paying off people so they will not oppose the amnesty bills.
The threat of legal cases against those involved in the killings has been used as a bargaining chip to ensure the full amnesty gets passed. However, opposition from Thaksin’s own supporters is complicating the amnesty process.]

Above: Independent Red Shirt agitator Sopmbat Boonngamanong also rankled the Red Shirt leadership by staging anti-amnesty protests at the Rajaprasong McDonalds. More about Sombat

Even pro-Thaksin editorial cartoonists seemed to waver over whether to absolve all crimes in order to allow Thaksin to return

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