Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Borei Keila detainees scale wall, flee




Borei Keila detainees scale wall, flee

Borei Keila detainees scale wall, flee

120118_01a

Security personnel watched as 22 distraught women and children climbed the walls of Prey Speu social affairs centre at about 11am today and fled in tuk-tuks after SRP lawmakers Mu Sochua and Sovann Sokha visited the site to tell them that the government had no right to lock them up.

Pha Lina/Phnom Penh Post
Deatinees in Prey Speu held after protesting in Borei Keila scale the wall of the detention centre this morning as guards watch their escape.

Earlier, the women and children, who were among 30 detained during a Borei Keila protest in Phnom Penh last Wednesday and held without charge, had accepted food and water from relatives and made impassioned pleas for their release through journalists who also gathered outside.

It wasn’t long before the items were being passed back and the detainees were climbing the grey brick walls.

Older women and small children were lifted up and passed to those who had gone before them and the detainees ran to awaiting tuk-tuks.

Prior to the escape, Mu Sochua was granted access to the site, something the detainees’ families had been denied.

She addressed the emotional women, who knelt in front of her – many crying and some rocking their weary children – as relatives watched through the bars of the centre’s main entrance.

She said she had asked the director of Prey Speu to release the women and children because he did not have the relevant paperwork to detain them.

Tuk-tuks drove the women and children to the office of the Housing Rights Task Force in Khan Meancheay.

MOST VIEWED

  • Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea

    Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia. Yim Sinorn, a CNRP member in South Korea, said on

  • US Embassy: Chinese trade does not help like the West’s

    The US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday said relations between China and Cambodia did not create jobs or help industry when compared to the trade between the Kingdom and the US. “About 87 per cent of trade [with China] are Chinese imports, which do not

  • Vietnamese land-grabbers held

    Following a provincial court order, Ratanakkiri Military Police on April 16 arrested 12 Vietnamese nationals accused of crossing the border into Cambodia and illegally clearing forest land. The accused are now being detained at Phnom Svay prison in the province. Ratanakkiri military police commander Thav Yen told

  • Eight people sent to court over violent protest

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities on Sunday sent eight people to court for blocking National Road 4 and using violence against authorities in a land dispute in Prey Nop district’s Bit Traing commune. Four police officers and two commune security guards sustained injuries when the protesters