In US, Protests Planned Against CPP-Aligned Firms

Cambodian-Americans will stage a protest in Seattle on Tuesday against the alleged corruption of CPP-aligned businesses in Cambodia.

The protest was organized by a group calling itself the Cambodian Americans of Washington State, according to an email circulated by the group, which lists a total of 13 offending companies.

Topping the list is Sokimex, which is owned by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s close ally, Sok Kong, who has long been criticized for taking in millions of dollars in profit through tourist fees at Siem Reap’s Angkor temple complex, which it manages through a government contract.

Among the slogans suggested by the U.S. group for banners at today’s protest is: “Angkor Wat Must Be Owned by Cambodians, Not by Vietnamese Sok Kong.”

The other companies named include Acleda Bank and the Soma Group, headed by Sok Puthyvuth, the son of Deputy Prime Minister Sok An.

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