Group of 'cheated' Chinese rally for compensation in Bangkok

A group of Chinese rallied yesterday demanding compensation from Bangkok's Nine Star Airways Co, claiming hundreds of them were lured into paying big sums to train as flight attendants.

In Bangkok's New Petchaburi Road area, the group held a protest outside the Italian-Thai building where Nine Star Airways Co is located. The protesters were holding up boards claiming the company had tricked them and demanding that it return the money.

Li Xiao Guang, a representative of the protesters, claimed that some 200 people had been lured to sign up for the training course via an agency in China. Each person paid about Bt1 million for the three-year course but got no employment.

He also said that they wanted to meet the building's manager to negotiate, but he was not available. Also, a confrontation broke out wounding three people.

" It has been like this for more than two years with us getting no money back, no jobs and some of us have travelled seven or eight times back and forth to demand our money. Some of those affected are only 18, whose dreams of becoming flight crew members were ruined by this company," he added.

Meanwhile, the Nine Star Airways lawyer Teerachat Nilawan filed a complaint at the Makkasan Police Station, saying the protesters had done criminal damage, restricted freedom and were downright annoying.

The lawyer added that the company had no information on any such training course, because it was set up by former managerial board.

He confirmed that negotiations for compensation had already been done between the former board and the agency in China.

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