About 50 evictees from Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak neighborhood protested outside the National Assembly on Thursday demanding 500 tons of milled rice and that the issue of their compensation be debated in the Assembly.
The protesters delivered a petition to lawmakers from both the CPP and CNRP requesting that former Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema, who was in office at the time of the evictions, donate rice to families until the situation is resolved.
“Kep Chuktema is responsible for forcibly evicting villagers from Boeng Kak,” former resident Im Srey Touch said at the protest.
“We demand he provide 500 tons of milled rice until the government resolves our problem,” she added.
The petition also requested that the National Assem- bly debate the compensation tak- en by the 3,000 families that were evicted to make way for a real estate project belonging to CPP Sen- ator Lao Meng Khin.
“The compensation we received is not acceptable. They pumped sand to fill our houses,” Ms. Srey Touch said.
CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An, who received the petition, said he would present the petition to the National Assembly’s commission on human rights, which the CNRP will chair.