Siem Reap Road Expansions Slice Up Businesses, Homes, Livelihoods

Hundreds of people are dismantling terraces, awnings and other structures in downtown Siem Reap to make way for road expansions — which for some will mean tearing down large chunks of their homes and businesses they say they have rights and titles to and on which they depend.

Residents say they have been given until Wednesday to clear space for the road expansions, after provincial authorities gave 10 days’ notice on September 23, a deadline originally due to expire on Friday.

Many accept the inevitability of the project, but still bristle at the financial pit they will be left in once they make way for the public works.

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