Villagers vindicated as Thai court awards damages against police use of force in 2002 protest against gas pipeline | Bangkok Post: news

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The Supreme Administrative Court on Wednesday ordered the Royal Thai Police Office (RTPO) to pay 24 people 100,000 baht in damages for using force to break up a protest against the Thai-Malaysian gas pipeline and gas seperation plant projects in Songkhla's Chana district in 2002. 

Twenty-four villagers filed a lawsuit with the Songkhla Administrative Court against the RTPO and the Interior Ministry demanding compensation for damages caused by excessive use of force to disperse the protesters in violation of their right to unarmed and peaceful rally under Section 40 of the 1997 constitution.

The Songkhla Administrative Court accepted the case for consideration.

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