About 100 vendors staged a two-day protest in front of the house of Prime Minister Hun Sen against the closure of their stalls in what authorities call a “thieves’ market.”
City officials have denounced the market, on Street 198 near Phnom Penh’s old O’Russei Market, saying it deals in stolen goods and operates without a city license. The stalls also block traffic, officials say.
“I don’t care where they go to sell,” said Phnom Penh Governor Chea Sophara on Tuesday. “I only want the road fixed.”
But protesting vendors say they have to make a living. “We need to spend money to give to our kids,” one of the vendor said Tuesday. “We need money to spend for teachers at school. If we have no business, how can our families survive?”