Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Base reignites Boeung Kak feud

Base reignites Boeung Kak feud

Sok Penhvuth, deputy governor of Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district
Sok Penhvuth, deputy governor of Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district, watches over the situation at Boeung Kak lake yesterday after a disagreement amongst villages turned violent. ELI MEIXLER

Base reignites Boeung Kak feud

A new military police station planned for the heart of Phnom Penh’s dissonant Boeung Kak neighbourhood that authorities say will better protect the area has left its residents at war.

On Saturday morning, supporters of high-profile activist Tep Vanny, who want plans for the base to be put on hold until a solution is reached on a 12.44-hectare concession area, clashed with supporters of rival activist Heng Mom, who believe the base will offer increased protection.

“We still stand for protesting … if Phnom Penh municipal authorities don’t give a proper solution to our Boeung Kak villagers. But we will not protest blindly like Tep Vanny’s group,” Mom told the Post yesterday.

Activist Nget Khun, 74, said she sustained head injuries after being pelted with stones by activist and Mom supporter Tol Srey Pov.

Khun, who shared a prison cell with Mom in 2012 when the pair were among 13 convicted of occupying state land and obstructing public officials, blamed the authorities.

“I think that those things were set up by the authorities to break our solidarity,” Khun said, adding that she has filed an official complaint against Srey Pov.

Srey Pov admitted to throwing rocks because Khun “pushed me to the ground and threw pebbles in my face”.

But Daun Penh district Deputy Governor Sok Penhvuth, who kept watch on the area alongside dozens of his notorious district security guards, said the authorities had nothing to do with the clashes.

“The authorities tried to stop them from using violence … but they kept pushing each other and throwing rocks at each other until some people were injured,” he said.

City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche said the military police station was just the first of a number of new bases planned for the area.

“That land belongs to Phnom Penh authorities; it does not belong to a company or community. In the future, the authorities are going to build more buildings for police forces, not only the Daun Penh district military police station,” he said.

A district official who asked not to be named said Khun and others will be invited to meet with authorities today to discuss the ongoing dispute.


  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped

  • Kingdom, China rebut basis for US sanctions

    The Council for the Development of Cambodia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Tianjin Union Investment Development Group Co Ltd (Tianjin) have responded to US sanctions on Union Development Group Co Ltd (UDG), a Chinese-owned company currently developing the sprawling $3.8 billion Dara

  • Influenza breaks out in eight provinces

    Nearly 600 people have been infected with influenza in eight provinces in the past month, Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said. The ministry is advising extreme caution. A report released by Vandine on Saturday said the Ministry of Health observed transmissions of influenza between August 15