Six detained for protesting microfinance repayments

Six people were detained by the Battambang provincial police last week after protesting outside microfinance institution (MFI) branches that they accused of failing to heed requests for loan repayment holidays amid Covid-19.

Hun Vannak, an activist who was previously jailed for five months for filming illegal sand-dredging activities off Cambodia’s coast for the environmental group Mother Nature, said that the six were among 16 activists stopped by police after live-streaming their protest march on Facebook on Saturdaynight.

He said the activists, from the Khmer Thavrak Group, had held the peaceful protest to call on MFIs and banks in Battambang province to suspend all loan repayments until Covid-19-related economic damage begins to abate.

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