Bt35 million donated to help injured, slain PAD protesters
By The Nation

The People's Alliance for Democracy has raised over Bt35 million of donations for those injured and killed in the police's crackdown on protesters on October 7.

Pipop Thongchai and Chamlong Srimuang, co-leaders of the PAD, told a press conference Wednesday that the public had so far donated Bt35.144 million to help the injured protesters and families of two slain persons.

Pipop said Bt29.616 million was donated to help the injured protesters. About Bt5.528 million poured in to support the two persons killed in the bloody crackdown.

A PAD supporter, Angkhana Radubpanyawut, was killed when police fired a teargas canister at her. Pol Lt Col Methee Chartmontree, a PAD guard, was killed in an explosion inside his car.

Although the donations were separately made, the PAD decided to merge them and manage it as a single fund.

Pipop said the families of Angkhana and Methree would receive Bt1 million each.

A severely injured protest would receive Bt300,000 and a slightly injured protester would receive Bt5,000 each.

The PAD's committee would spend Bt28 million to pay compensations to the injured and slain protesters and would keep the remaining Bt7 million for paying for medical fees of injured protesters who are still in hospital and children of Methee.

Pipop said so far Bt10 million had been spent from the fund.

He said there was no need to audit the spending because the PAD had a committee to be in charge of the spending.