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Thai cops arrest third vendor for market riot

An overturned vehicle sits on the roadside in Poipet yesterday after it was rolled over by angry traders near the Thai-Cambodia border. Photo supplied
An overturned vehicle sits on the roadside in Poipet yesterday after it was rolled over by angry traders near the Thai-Cambodia border. Photo supplied

Thai cops arrest third vendor for market riot

A third Cambodian vendor was arrested by Thai police following a violent riot at a border market earlier last week.

Chream Chamroeun, 32, was charged with causing physical injury and obstructing authorities after being arrested on Friday in the Long Keur market, according to Bun Sok Vibol, a Cambodian consular official in Sa Kaeo province, Thailand.
Chamroeun was released on bail yesterday.

On Wednesday, a mob of Cambodian vendors attacked Thai police with stones and flipped their van after plainclothes officers confiscated counterfeit goods from the vendors.

Two other vendors were arrested and handed three-month prison sentences by the Sa Kaeo provincial court on Thursday. Families of the vendors have appealed the decision.

A letter released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that “Prime Minister Hun Sen told his subordinates to help Cambodian vendors in any circumstance no matter what”.

Vibol said that his consulate had found lawyers for the Cambodian nationals, but that their future was in the hands of the Thai courts now.

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