Villagers evicted by the development of Boeung Kak lake took their protest to the World Bank headquarters in Phnom Penh yesterday, demanding to meet with the bank’s Cambodia country manager, Alassane Sow, and pelting the building with eggs after being rebuffed.
The protestors, who are seeking a resolution in the years-long displacement dispute, say they are fatigued after nearly 10 years of protesting and the World Bank has a responsibility in finding a solution as it continues to support the Cambodian government with aid.
“We are Cambodians who became poor, and lost houses and land because of the development of Boeung Kak and the World Bank’s million dollars of aid to the Cambodian government,” reads a statement released yesterday from a faction of the Boeung Kak lake protestors, who say they are owed more compensation than was originally negotiated.
The bank stopped issuing new loans to Cambodia in 2010 due to the Boeung Kak dispute, but continued to fund projects approved before then.
A spokesman from the bank said he had received the petition yesterday and would pass it on to Sow, who he said was unavailable due to meetings.