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Evictees Demand a Proper Accommodation

  • Heng Reaksmey
  • VOA Khmer

Nearly 200 families were moved here from the city, following a forced eviction at Borei Keila, a Phnom Penh neighborhood slated for development by the company Phan Imex.

Nearly 200 families were moved here from the city, following a forced eviction at Borei Keila, a Phnom Penh neighborhood slated for development by the company Phan Imex.

Phnom Penh’s Borei Keila residents took their protest to the street again on Monday to demand rights to an accommodation in the capital after they were forcefully evicted earlier.

At least 50 people, whose houses were bulldozed early January, said their names are not in the list to get a house in the new two multi-story buildings being built nearby for evictees.

"I need a house to live in Borei Keila," said Ath Samnang.

Land developer Phan Imex Company are constructing two buildings for more than 1,000 families, but at least over 100 families have been left out, according to protesters.

The protesters, including small children, held placards and portraits of Cambodian leaders including king father Norodom Sihanouk, the retired, but revered monarch, King Norodom Sihamoni, and Prime Minister Hun Sen.

However, the company says the residents do not have proper documents and offers to provide them a land outside of the capital.

"The villagers who have legal documents, the company and authorities will provide them a house, but the protesters this morning do not have enough documents," Suy Siphan, president of Phan Imex, told VOA Khmer. "Some villagers have sold a house [they got earlier] and came to protest.”

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