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Government has no plans to review compensation package offered to relatives of the three persons killed during Linden protests – 7th Mar 2013

The Government said that it is likely to award compensation only as dictated by the Commission of Inquiry, which handed over its report to President Ramotar over a week ago.

Three persons were killed on the first day of protests, against electricity rate hikes in the town of Linden last July. The Commission set up to investigate and award compensation recommended three million each, to the estates of two men and two million dollars to another.

The Alliance for Change was staggered by the awards for compensation, and said that at minimum, the awards for the death of the three men should have been set at a minimum of $15 million each.

The Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, indicated that the Government would not bow to criticism of the compensation package, but would award it as written by the Commissioners.

Meanwhile, Luncheon said that the Government also accepted, though grudgingly and with a pinch of salt, the conclusion of the Commission that the shooting was done by the Police.

Luncheon said that the Government is still studying the report and would make a full pronouncement after.

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