Demonstration for conservation of Koh Kong island shut down

Phnom Penh authorities shut down a demonstration on June 22 held by a group of activists from environmental NGO Mother Nature to raise awareness of a new development slated for Koh Kong Krao island, representatives of the group said this week.

On the evening of June 22, about 10 members of the Mother Nature had set up photos showing the scenery of Koh Kong Krao island in a public space in front of Wat Botum pagoda in Phnom Penh, but were disrupted by security guards.

Kim Vutha, a chief Daun Penh district security guard, led a team of his officers to intervene in the photo display, in an incident that was streamed on Facebook live by Mother Nature members. In the video, a district security guard can be heard telling the activists that they “have no permission from Phnom Penh City,” for the demonstration.

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