Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Black Monday rolls on, with fewer participants

Black Monday rolls on, with fewer participants

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
People gather near Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak lake yesterday evening during a Black Monday protest. Hong Menea

Black Monday rolls on, with fewer participants

Now entering its third month, the civil society-backed Black Monday campaign is showing signs of waning, with some land rights communities halting their weekly protests demanding the release of jailed human rights activists due to lack of funds.

Chray Nim – a representative of the SOS land dispute community which, in conjunction with a group of former Boeung Kak lake residents, had taken up the cause of the jailed activists – said the groups had been forced to suspend their participation, adding that she had been using her own money to fund their activities.

“I lost some regular customers such as military and police personnel, and civil servants,” Nim said. “They don’t come to my [laundry] shop like before, because I appeared in the Black Monday campaign.”

However, other activists and civil society members – including a separate set of Boeung Kak activists – sought yesterday to inject new relevance into the event by adding justice for slain political commentator Kem Ley to their existing demands.

“We will pay respect to his soul every Monday evening. This is our new message – justice for Kem Ley is justice for everyone,” Boeung Kak activist Tep Vanny said.

Moeun Tola, head of workers’ rights NGO Central, said the campaign was still seeing support, but also said that there needed to be an escalation following Ley’s death.

Additional Reporting by Ananth Baliga

MOST VIEWED

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • We’re going to Wisney World!

    More than 6,000 mostly Chinese attendees witnessed the inauguration ceremony of a $1 billion Sihanoukville resort project called Wisney World in the capital on Wednesday. The event on Koh Pich, attended by several senior Cambodian government officials, is a joint venture between China’s AMC International and

  • Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident

    THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,

  • Gov’t continues China tilt as ties with the US slide on ‘interference’ in Kingdom’s internal affairs

    CHINA has granted some $131 million in aid to the Cambodian military. It comes as yet another sign that the Kingdom is strengthening strategic ties with its Asian neighbour to counter increasingly cold relations with the United States. The aid was announced as part of a