Boeung Kak protesters regroup

By Khouth Sophak Chakrya, Phnom Penh Post, Fri, 27 December 2013


Former Boeung Kak lake community members protesting at Phnom Penh’s City Hall sit in the gutter in front of riot police on Monivong Boulavard. Hong Menea

A combined group of protesters from the capital’s Boeung Kak lake community yesterday ended their blockade of Monivong Boulevard with some disappointment after Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy broke a promise to meet them at City Hall.

Protesters have been blocking the road outside municipal headquarters on and off since Monday after a new group of Boeung Kak evictees began saying they now believe compensation given to them five years ago was insufficient.

Outside City Hall on Wednesday, Rainsy told Tep Vanny – whose group of Boeung Kak protesters has since joined the new group – that he would come back Thursday to try to talk municipal governor Pa Socheatvong into resolving their woes.

CNRP lawmaker-elect Ho Vann called Vanny to say that Rainsy was busy with garment workers in Kampong Speu province and would not be making it, she said.

“We’re disappointed [Rainsy] broke his promise, but he said sorry with a valid reason.”

After receiving little response from City Hall officials, the group stopped protesting at about 10:40am and vowed to continue asking for their demands to be met by way of a protest outside the World Bank office next week.

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