Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Poipet vendors charged over riot

Poipet vendors charged over riot

People gather near the Thai side of the Poipet border after traders overturned a vehicle on Wednesday. Photo supplied
People gather near the Thai side of the Poipet border after traders overturned a vehicle on Wednesday. Photo supplied

Poipet vendors charged over riot

Two Cambodian vendors on the Thai side of the Poipet border crossing were charged yesterday with the destruction of private property following a riot at a market on Wednesday, according to Poipet police chief Oum Sophal.

The incident began at about 10am at Long Keur market when a group of Thai officers began confiscating fake products, mostly perfume and belts, from Cambodian vendors.

The agents were from the Department of Special Investigation and were searching for counterfeit goods.

The seizure quickly led to a crowd of vendors pelting the agents with stones and chairs and overturning their van.

Ultimately, 12 officials were injured. Poipet Governor Ngor Meng Chroun yesterday said he is negotiating with Thai authorities “to calm down the situation”.

The two charged vendors, Kong Sam Oun, 22, and Nhim Seyha, 24, had been served a three-month prison sentence by the Thai Sa Keo Provincial Court, according to local news reports.

“We will meet with Thai authorities to help out the two, but we cannot intervene with their court’s decision,” said Meng Chruon.

Additional reporting by the Bangkok Post

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Pailin longan winery tries to break through to the big time

    Longan aren’t quite as glamorous as some fruits. They don’t have the star-power of mangos or generate the excitement of a pricey seasonal niche fruit like the pungent durian. Unlike bananas or oranges, which are known and loved everywhere, longan remains a decidedly

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’

  • Debt restructuring over, time to tackle rising NPL ratio

    The Cambodian banking system has just completed a 26-month debt restructuring exercise where scores of loan accounts were revised, classified and provisioned as the rate of non-performing loans inched up, sparking a slight credit risk unease Implemented in April 2020, the Covid-19 debt restructuring measures came

  • Koh Slaket studio resort brings culture with style

    Davitra (Cambodia) Co Ltd’s multi-million-dollar 13ha Koh Slaket studio-cum-resort just east of the capital was inaugurated in the first phase on August 6, providing national and international tourists with a new travel option and job opportunities for locals. The man-made cultural and scenic lakefront getaway