By Bikes, Feet and Taxis, Activists Call for Marine Protected Area

Activists traveling from Koh Kong — first by bicycle, then by foot — aim to complete their protest journey calling for a new protected area by taxi after authorities stopped them in their tracks on Thursday for the second time while en route to Phnom Penh.

The group of about 20 youth activists say they wish to petition Prime Minister Hun Sen to make Koh Kong Krao, an undeveloped island off the coast, a protected area. But since starting their trek on Tuesday, they have yet to make it out of Koh Kong province.

Authorities on Wednesday confiscated bicycles from the environmental advocates, who then vowed to continue to the capital on foot to deliver a petition to Hun Sen’s cabinet.

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