Ka-Set, Monday September 29 2008: Messenger Band : Sept ouvrières tissent en chantant le fil de leur quotidien au Cambodge (Messenger Band: seven workers weave by singing the wire of their daily life in Cambodia) by Zineb Dryef and Ros Din
(translation to English by Babelfish)
“A song dedicated to the inhabitants of Boeung Kak:
The group recently recorded a title with Kong Nay, the “Ray Charles” of Cambodia, one of the players of chapei – traditional lute – most famous of the country. “Land and Life” is diffused on YouTube. The clip already recorded a few thousands of visits. This song highlights the group is dedicated to the inhabitants of the lake Boeung Kak, threatened for expropriation. The images of violent expulsions of those of those in rural Cambodia:
“Us, the Cambodians of the cities and the campaigns, have a recognized, pleasant, luminous ancestral cultural heritage. Water, forests, land where in harmony the people and their animals live. But all changed, our villagers have problems. For dollars, we lose our houses and our land”
[Over 2000 viewers so far.]
The article has this to say about filling of Boeung Kak: “…now architects and urban planners are saying the loss of the lake to commercial development will tarnish the city once regarded as the “Pearl of Asia”, ceding one of its last remaining green spaces to colourless urban sprawl. Urban-planning experts contacted by the Post said the project was irresponsible and could trigger unforeseen environmental consequences, despite City Hall assurances that the 133-hectare Boeung Kak development has been vetted for its environmental impact.
Police move quickly to remove signs of dissent in Boeung Kak.
Armed police, Phum 4 community. (Click for full image)
Police in Phum 4 community.
Police with AK-47s.
Phnom Penh Post, September 24, Page 5
“Meanwhile, At Another Phnom Penh Lake…”
“Phnom Penh Municipal Court refused to file an injunction to stop the filling of Boeung Kak lake, despite continuing protests against development.” … “the lawyer who filed the request on behalf of villagers facing eviction from their lakeside homes rejected the court’s judgement and said he would continue to fight the case.”
and reportage courtesy John Vink:
“The company which is going to evict some 4000 families from around the Boeung Kak lake has started its sand pumping operations to fill the lake again.”
Photo reportage is welcome from all, please email to saveboeungkak – at – gmail – dot – com
This photo accompanied the article from Ka-Set: Le remblaiement du Boeung Kak a repris, des riverains déboutés de leur plainte (The filling of Boeung Kak begins again, of which the residents have complaint)
by Chan Soratha, September 22
Not Boeung Kak, but eviction-related:
(Villagers Outside National Assembly) http://johnvink.com/story.php?title=Cambodia_Quest_For_Land2
(Tonle Bassac Eviction)
The Cambodia Daily, Thursday, September 18, 2008, page 28: Protesters Meet Official, City Says Lake Filling To Continue
“Five representatives of the demonstrators were eventually escorted inside the compound for discussions, where Hun Sen’s Deputy Cabinet Chief Lim Leangse said he would forward the villagers’ demands to the premier.” …. “It is [the villagers'] right to protest, but we cannot solve the problem the way they want, ” Deputy Governor Pa Socheatvong said. “We still continue our negotiations with the villagesrs, but the development cannot stop.”
(left: village life at the lake)
The Phnom Penh Post, September 18 2008, page 3: Boeung Kak residents ask PM to halt filling of lake
“The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has issued a summons to the attorney representing Boeung Kak lake residents, requesting his presence to answer questions relating to the injunction filed last week against the filling of the lake by local developer Shukaku Inc.”
Cambodia’s Messenger Band has a new song available in video and MP3 format: ‘Land and Life’. Filmed in part at Boueng Kak, the video the video (produced by Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia) is available at YouTube and Cambotube.
‘Land and Life’ Video with Kung Nei – Live recording
MP3: Original Version
MP3: Live acoustic version with Khung Nei
More on The Messenger Band:
(Thanks also to Black River Films!)