Polluting Casino in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Still Standing Months After Demolition Order

More than two months after being ordered to demolish a casino closed for polluting a beach in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville, the Chinese owners have yet to tear it down, an activist said Thursday, suggesting that authorities “don’t intend to resolve the issue.”

The Jin Ding casino located on Koh Rong Samloem Island, a popular tourist destination in the seaside resort town, was ordered to close in May because it was operating without a license, promoting illegal online betting games, and releasing untreated sewage directly into the sea.

Cambodian activists have long called for the demolition of Jin Ding, saying that if the structure is not destroyed it will likely be reopened at a later date. But provincial authorities have delayed in tearing the casino down, despite issuing a directive to do so and to clean the surrounding beach on Feb. 28.

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/casino-05072020160806.html

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