Chip Mong Says Raid on Luxury Housing Protest Was ‘Security’ not Threat

A Chip Mong company representative said there was no threat made against protesters in its luxury Phnom Penh gated community after the residents, who opposed the filling in of a pond near the compound’s golf course, accused it of sending armed guards to remove protest banners from the gates of their mansions.

“It was only to increase protection and security in order to monitor entry, so they can do what they want to do in accordance with their rights,” the representative said in a message late Monday.

But those rights weren’t limitless, the representative said, and for example did not extend to “putting up banners without notification.”

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