Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Land rights protesters arrested

Land rights protesters arrested

Six activists from Phnom Penh’s Borei Keila and Boeung Kak communities were arrested on Saturday morning while handing out leaflets denouncing the controversial NGO law, passed by the National Assembly last week.

Tep Vanny, Kong Chantha, Bov Sorphea and Sung Sreyleap from Boeung Kak, and Chhay Kemhorn and Sao Chanhorm from Borei Keila were detained for nearly seven hours of questioning and “education” after being arrested at the capital’s O’Russey market at around 10:45am on Saturday.

Prampi Makara District Governor Lem Sopheap said the women were arrested because they “launched a protest along the street and public places without permission from the local authorities’’.

He added that authorities “released them after they agreed to thumbprint a contract [agreeing] to stop violating the law”.

Vanny of Boeung Kak, however, defended her actions.

“Until now, this law has not been adopted by the Senate and the King, but the authorities have already restricted our freedom to gather to express our ideas,” she said.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Setting up a drone for flight. Photo supplied

How Cambodia's first drone company is helping farmers

SM Waypoint claims its unmanned aerial vehicles can help local farm and plantation owners increase their yields.

New street food dish shakes things up at Russian Market

Though the bustling food stalls that emerge after dark next to Russian Market can seem intimidating to tourists at first glance, there are street food treats to be enjoyed by all.

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern