Out Of Three Protests One Turns Ugly…
Three separate protests took place in the streets of Phnom Penh this morning. Two of them are nearly part of a ritual: Boeung Kak lake residents protesting at City Hall about finally, after several years, having a clear delimitation of the 12,44 Ha promised by Prime Minister Hun Sen, and the relocated railway community protesting at the Asian Development Bank for its implication in the poor results of that relocation.
The third demonstration, although on the same topic of a land issue, was held by a new, very determined group: representatives of more than 250 families from Choan Ksan district in Preah Vihear province. They are temporarily hosted by the monks from Kampuchea Krom at Wat Samaky Raingsey and were prevented to demonstrate once already last week. This time they managed to reach the Chinese, Russian and Australian embassies, as well as the National Assembly to deliver a petition but, after trying to use a tuk-tuk to ram through a police barricade set up on Sihanouk boulevard, were prevented from reaching Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house.
They would be violently dispersed some 30 minutes after I left.