Boeung Kak protesters regroup

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

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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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