Mar. 28, 2011. After hundreds of letters and numerous pleas and demonstrations, Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema has finally agreed to meet with the remaining residents of BKL. The meeting, set to go ahead on Mar. 30, is likely to see community representatives continue demanding for 15ha for onsite development. Initially, only 5 representatives were invited to the meeting, however, after residents told the MPP they would not attend unless all villages in the Boeung Kak area were represented, the MPP agreed to allow seven representatives to attend the meeting. The community’s request to have NGO staff monitor the meeting was denied.
The MPP’s agreement to meet with the villagers comes after a Friday demonstration where one community activist was beaten and detained. The Phnom Penh Post covered the incident – you can read their account here.