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.