Cambodian Monks, Activists March to Demand Casino’s Destruction

A group of Cambodian monks and environmental activists entered their second day of a nine-day march on Wednesday to the coastal city of Sihanoukville to demand the demolition of a shuttered Chinese-owned casino accused of polluting a local beach.

Cambodian activists have long called for the demolition of the Jin Ding Casino and hotel on Koh Rong Samloem Island, a popular tourist destination, saying that if the structure is not torn down it will likely be reopened at a later date.

The casino 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, but Cambodian authorities have delayed repeatedly fulfilling promises to tear it down.

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