On Tuesday (11:00am) at the Ministry of Justice, Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth and Dr. Weng Tojilakarn were invited to attend a ceremony to award 19 million baht worth of compensation to 77 individuals who were jailed for their alleged roles during the Red Shirt protests in 2010.
Pol.Gen. Pracha Promnork, Minister of Justice and president at the ceremony, presented the compensation money to the political victims; 18 of whom are from Ubon Ratchatani province, 20 from Bangkok, 28 from Udon Thani, 6 from Kon Kaen, 4 from Chiang Mai, and 1 from Mukdaharn.
The April-May 2010 protests ended in bloodshed on 19 May 2010 after the military launched its final phase of the “Area Reclaim” operation on unarmed Red Shirt protestors in financial district of Bangkok. Apart from killing more than 90 of them, the military rounded up innumerable protesters and jailed them under the emergency laws. Some were arrested without explanation and ended up spending months in jail without charges for any crimes. Most of the arrested were acquitted of their charges on terrorism and arson attacks, which were forced upon them by the coup appointed government.