A dozen tuk-tuk and motorcycle-taxi drivers who say their vehicles were confiscated after police suppressed a demonstration in Phnom Penh last week gathered outside City Hall on Wednedsay to demand the return of their property.
The drivers waited from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. hoping to get back their possessions, which they say were seized by military police during a demonstration led by independent radio station owner Mam Sonando on January 27.
“[On January 27] I witnessed many military police throw smoke grenades and beat drivers, then they beat me as I was on my way back home,” said motorcycle owner Soy Sokha, 38.
“I ran away from them because I was afraid. When I came back to take my bike, military police were moving it to City Hall,” he said.
Drivers say City Hall told them on January 28 to go to police headquarters with proof of ownership to collect their vehicles. But when they arrived, police said they needed written permission from City Hall.