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Former King Intervenes in Monivong Community Eviction

Ex King Norodom Sihanouk intervenes in the Monoving community residents' eviction by the Ministry of Interior, whose houses will be demolished by Wednesday.

In a message to Royal Palace official Kong Sam Ol, posted in his personal website, the former monarch appeals to the government to find justice for the people who live in a community for destitute people who have been there for almost 20 years.

Government spokesman and minister of information Khieu Kanharith says that he does not know about the whole situation yet.

He says that he has not received any document or message from the Royal Palace. He says that the Phnom Penh city hall arranges for a new place in Ang Snuol town, Kandal province for those residents.

About 118 families were ordered by Chief of National Police Hok Lundi to vacate the premises and their houses be demolished by Wednesday July 5. The gates are closed, and electricity and water are shut off.

NGO Licadho director Pung Chhiv Kek expresses her dismal at the governmnent's use of violence on the people for the benefit of private companies for development.