Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Siem Reap vendors protest to keep stalls

Siem Reap vendors protest to keep stalls

Siem Reap vendors protest to keep stalls

DOZENS of market vendors in Siem Reap province gathered on Monday and Tuesday to protest against the government-ordered removal of their stalls on National Road 6, eventually securing a reprieve from Siem Reap provincial Governor Sou Phirin.

Chhun Chamroeun, one of the protesters, said that he and others had gathered in Siem Reap town because government officials had ordered them to shutter their stalls at Phsar Leu in an effort to “clean up” the market.

Crowds gathered around Psar Leu on Tuesday morning, along with at least 50 police trying to disperse the protesters, who were blocking traffic along the town’s main artery.

After some minor scuffles between protesters and police, Sou Phirin showed up and announced the overturn of the government’s previous decision. “Now you can sell from your stalls again,” the governor told the crowd.

Siem Reap town Governor Tep Bunchhay explained that local authorities had planned to transfer the vendors to another market because their sprawling stalls were disrupting traffic.



  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all