Vendors Rail Against New Market Plan

About 130 vendors from Kom­pong Cham province demonstrated at the National As­sembly in Ph­nom Penh on Monday against plans for a new market in their district.

The protesters claimed the district’s land authority colludes with middlemen to charge $4,000 to $6,000 for stores at a pro­posed market in Prey Chhor district.

“We need Second Prime Min­ister Hun Sen to help us solve these problems,” one of the protesters said. “If the land authority wants to build a new market, let them go build it in O’Smach.”

District officials couldn’t be reached Monday. Kompong Cham Provincial Po­lice Chief Sourn Chheangly said he wasn’t familiar with the squabble.

You Sunlong, a Hun Sen adviser, met with the protesters and asked them to wait 15 days. But protesters said they would seek a direct meeting with Hun Sen.

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