Archive

Demonstrations Renew in Capital as Campaigning Continues

The demonstration blocked a major Phnom Penh boulevard for about 20 minutes, but no violence was reported.
The demonstration blocked a major Phnom Penh boulevard for about 20 minutes, but no violence was reported.
ReportersVOA Khmer

Two demonstrations—one of factory workers and one of displaced city residents—were held on Monday, as the different groups sought to use the June 3 commune elections as another chance to have their grievances heard.

Angry residents of the Boeung Kak lake and Borei Keila development projects said they have yet to see an acceptable solution to the forced evictions that have become hallmarks of development projects in the two Phnom Penh neighborhoods.

“We always voted for the Cambodian People’s Party, but we suffered with no resolution,” said demonstrator Yom Bopha.

Representatives said they were then invited to meet with Ly Saveth, head of administration for City Hall, where they were asked to vote for the CPP.

Ly Saveth could not be reached for comment. However, Tep Nitha, secretary-general of the National Election Committee, said it is not legal for government authorities to put conditions, such as voting for a party, on citizens.

Meanwhile, nearly 1,000 garment workers led by the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union held a peaceful demonstration in Phnom Penh, demanding better salaries and working conditions.

The demonstration blocked a major Phnom Penh boulevard for about 20 minutes, but no violence was reported. Officials said they had not deployed riot police, but that police were on the scene to help resume the flow of traffic.

Workers of the SL Garment Factory in Stung Meanchey district said they want supplements to their income for housing, transportation and meals, on top of their minimum wage salaries.

Chip Eng, administrative director for the factory, said management could not provide so much in supplemental income. Earlier offers were refused by the union, he said, adding that if workers did not return to their jobs after 48 hours, they would be fired.

Ath Thun, president of the Workers’ Democratic Union, said the demonstration will continue until worker demands are met.

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one
Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Demonstrators Call on Government To Fulfill Principles of Peace Accordsi
X
24 October 2014
Hundreds of activists demonstrated in Phnom Penh on Thursday, gathering to protest the government’s failure to fulfill the promises of the Paris Peace Accords, which were signed in 1991 and brought liberal democracy and a constitution to a country that had been shattered by war. The demonstrators submitted a petition to the US and other embassies, calling for international pressure on the Cambodian government to follow the accords. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)

English with Mani & Mori

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Face the Music (Movie: Yes Man)i
X
20 October 2014
You can say, "You lied, and lied, but this time you got caught. It's time you 'face the music'. It's time you confess and tell the truth." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Face the Music (Movie: Yes Man)

You can say, "You lied, and lied, but this time you got caught. It's time you 'face the music'. It's time you confess and tell the truth." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Hit the Nail on the Head (Movie: Inside Job)

You can say, "The professor 'hit the nail on the head' when she said, that we cannot demand respect, respect must be earned and not given freely." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish or www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori. To contact Mani & Mori
Video

Video Speak of the Devil (Movie: Easy A)

You can say, "Speaking of the devil, there she is! Hey, we were just talking about you a moment ago." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Rock the Boat (Movie: 500 Days of Summer)

You can say, "Things are going really well between the two of you - he's happy and you're happy, so why 'rock the boat'?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
See more >>>