Tonle Sap Boat Owners End Protest in Siem Reap

A group of about 40 boat owners in Siem Reap province who have been protesting this week against the company that holds a contract to manage boats on the Tonle Sap lake ended their protest Friday after the company agreed to drop the price it charges per customer, according to a local official.

Representatives of the boat owners met with officials from the Sou Ching Investment Group Friday morning and agreed to reduce the amount that boat operators pay to the company per passenger from $3 to $2, according to Kompong Pluk commune chief Ning Ny.

“The protest finished after the people agreed with each other on a new price in a meeting with participation from the deputy provincial governor and other relevant authorities,” he said.

The full price for a ticket on one of the dozens of boats that dock in Kompong Pluk is over $20, and the boat owners, who have been blocking a road in the commune for the past two days, wanted to pay only $1 per passenger to Sou Ching.

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