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Electricity price protest

Electricity price protest

About 300 people from three villages in Kampong Cham’s Batheay district blocked National Road 6A on Sunday as they protested against the raising of electricity prices by the owner of the area’s private generator.

Villager representative Try Sok Leang said they are asking for several changes, including a lowering of the price per kilowatt of electricity from 3,100 to 1,800 riel, and that power be provided to villagers 24 hours a day.

“The villagers cannot accept this very high price, and it [the electricity] blacks out several times per day,” he said, adding that the owner of the generator frequently raises the price of electricity.

The owner of the generator, Khun Sopheap, agreed to provide electricity for the entire day, as well as slightly decreasing prices per kilowatt.

“Next month, I will reduce the price from 3,100 riel to 3,000 riel,” he said, adding that he could not lower his price to meet the villager’s demands due to the price of gasoline, which is used to run the generator.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mom Kunthear at [email protected]