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Vendors cry foul over an order to move stalls

Around 200 night market vendors at Angkor Kyung Yu in Siem Reap have been protesting since Saturday after authorities sought to shrink the market to decrease traffic and improve parking in the area.

Some 100 of the vendors were ordered on December 9 to vacate the premises permanently by Wednesday, while the remaining 100 were ordered to move their stalls after midnight every night, according to a statement.

“We need to free the streets for traffic and to have public order in this tourist area,” Siem Reap Deputy Governor Bun Tharith said.

The vendors, however, have refused to leave, saying they’ve earned a right to the spot, and that it’s difficult to move on short notice.

“We are not trying to create anarchy and we have been selling here and paying authorities for three years,” said stall owner Khuy Sophorn. “They’re not even helping us find a new place to sell.”

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