Boeung Kok residents chased away, petition rejected

July 08, 2013

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Residents from the disputed property development site at Boueng Kok Lake gathered in front of the U.S. embassy for a second day to present a petition to US officials, denouncing a prominent land activist Tep Vanny as their representative.

PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) –​ The U.S. embassy in Phnom Penh on Monday ordered its security forces to chase away protestors gathering for a second time to denounce land activist Tep Vanny as their representative.

They gathered for a second time in front of the embassy’s grounds to present a petition however no officials came out to accept their petition.

The residents from the property development site at Boeung Kok Lake had first gathered in front of the U.S. embassy on Friday to present a petition to the U.S. Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

“The residents stopped recognizing Tep Vanny as their representative because she gathered people to protest just to serve her own political party and her group as well as being corrupt,” according to Friday’s petition.

“Tep Vanny incited the residents to protest and caused them struggle just to serve her own benefits,” said the petition. “Vanny and another small group are helping political parties and civil societies, but no benefits are given to the community.”

They also appealed to national and international civil organizations to stop recognizing Tep Vanny and her group as well as cutting her aid and aid to other organizations behind her.

Concerning the allegation, Tep Vanny said that jealousy was the culprit that caused them to betray themselves and attack each other, separating the community.

“They intend to damage not only me, but also the community and themselves,” Vanny told reporters.

There weren’t any international organizations providing funds to her, she said, adding that by presenting the petitions to the embassies and the EU, the protestors were just trying to seek help.

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