About 2 billion baht ($62.8 million) in total will be given to people who suffered physical and mental losses since mass protests started in 2005, government spokeswoman Thitima Chaisaeng said. The protests led to a 2006 military coup that further polarized supporters and opponents of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The payments were recommended by an official Truth for Reconciliation Commission established after the violence crested in April-May 2010, when anti-government protests in the capital left 91 people killed and hundreds hurt.
Payments of 4.5 million baht ($141,510) are earmarked for families of those killed, while smaller sums will cover disabilities and medical treatments. Payments will also be made to people unfairly detained for prolonged periods.
Deputy spokesman Anusorn Eiamsa-Ard says the reparations show the government “is aware of and could feel the pain” of the affected people from all sides.
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