Police on Monday denied claims by anti-eviction activists that a shot fired at them by a motorist while they were on a bus in Phnom Penh on Saturday was politically motivated. Ouch Sokhon, Daun Penh district police chief, said: “It is not attempted murder.
The bus driver overtook the motorist and the motorist got angry so he fired a shot.”
The bullet hit the windshield of the bus, which was carrying 50 passengers returning from a ceremony in Siem Reap province to mark the five-year anniversary of an eviction that turned violent.
The passengers reported seeing a man pull in front of the bus, take a gun from a holster at his waist, and fire once at the bus. Police reportedly found a holster near the scene of the shooting, but have not recovered the bullet.
Song Sreyleap, who was on the bus, said Sunday that she was convinced the activists were targeted by the gunman.
“We know it was attempted murder because the bus was carrying activists from the Boeng Kak and Borei Keila and Thmar Kaul [communities] and fathers of the workers who were killed on January 3,” she said.