Why won’t the Red Shirt families back amnesty? They were paid 7 million baht…


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.]

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