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Poipet Vendors Protest Against Paying Fees

About 100 vendors in Northern Poipet area sign a petition for a demonstration against a private company requiring them to pay vendors' fees for used clothings sold in a market at the Cambodian Thai border.

The HNA company is believed to belong to Prime Minister Hun Sen's nephew Hun Chea.

The vendors' representative gave the petition to local authorities in Au Chreu, Banteay Mean Chey province. This development happens after a conflict between border patrol police and the vendors who charge that this company hires the police to prevent them from taking used clothes to sell at a market.

One vendor says that about 150 vendors got permission from the Ministry of Commerce, but HNA company wants them to pay the fees of 1,500 riels (local currency) per kilogram, contrary to Prime Minister Hun Sen's decision to do away with such fees.

Mr. Hun Chea dismisses this charge, saying his company makes money to support the government.