Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sihanoukville beach vendors protest eviction notice



Sihanoukville beach vendors protest eviction notice

Vendors involved in an ongoing land dispute protest outside Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall yesterday. Photo supplied
Vendors involved in an ongoing land dispute protest outside Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall yesterday. Photo supplied

Sihanoukville beach vendors protest eviction notice

A crowd of vendors from three Sihanoukville beaches gathered yesterday in front of Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall to protest a recent government order that they vacate within a month or face forced eviction.

If vendors at Otres and Ochheauteal beaches, as well as the beach in front of the old royal residence, have not vacated by March 13, authorities will force them out, according to a letter from provincial authorities and the National Committee for Beach Management and Development.

While the government has vowed in the past to crack down on hotels that have restricted public access to beaches or constructed illegal encroachments within 50 metres of the shoreline, the new letter applies only to vendors.

Ek Vithean, speaking for the merchants, who represented about 160 operations, said that they wished for the government to provide them with “new stores” if they were going to evict them.

“The authority said that they want to clean up the beach, but we will lose our jobs,” he said, adding that vendors planned to travel to Phnom Penh on Thursday to seek intervention from Hun Sen if their conditions were not met by then.

Provincial Governor Yun Min said that while he would seek a fair solution for the vendors, authorities had asked vendors to leave the beach many times in the past.

MOST VIEWED

  • Without shoes or a helmet, a young cyclist steals the show

    Pech Theara gripped the curved handlebars of his rusty old bike, planted his bare feet on its pedals and stormed as fast as he could towards the finish line. The odds were against him as the 13-year-old faced off against kids with nicer bikes at

  • Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway on schedule

    The construction of the more than $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway has not been delayed despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 26 per cent of the project completed and expected to finish in about two years, according to Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • PM dispels lockdown rumours, gifts masks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on November 12 denied rumours that he will lock down the country in response to increased Covid-19 fears, referring to them as propaganda aimed at destabilising the country. In a Facebook post, he said some people had spread rumours that the government

  • SilkAir adds flight to Phnom Penh schedule

    Silkair (Singapore) Pte Ltd is increasing its flight frequency between Phnom Penh and Singapore with a third weekly flight on Saturdays, according to Cambodia Airports’ Facebook page. The other flights offered are on Tuesdays and Sundays, with an estimated Phnom Penh arrival time at 5:35pm