Four activists arrested during demonstration
According to the "Cambodian Express News", the demonstration started on the morning of 28 November when a number of lake residents - many of whom are facing eviction as a result of a land conflict with a private company, Shukaku Inc., which is owned by a senator in the ruling Cambodian People's Party - marched to Phnom Penh Municipality Hall to submit a letter. The letter requested that the authorities form a committee to mark the boundary of the 12.4-hectare onsite relocation zone announced by Prime Minister Hun Sen in August 2011. While the community members are reported to have peacefully delivered the letter to city hall, authorities arrested two prominent community representatives: Bau Chhorvy and Tep Vanny. More community members are said to have joined the protest upon hearing of the arrests of the two women and blocked Preah Monivong Boulevard. Over the course of the protest two more community members - Heng Mom and Kong Chantha - were arrested.
This latest development at Boeng Kak Lake follows the death last week of another lake resident. On the evening of 22 November, Chea Dara, a mother of two young children whose family has reportedly been excluded from the relocation scheme, committed suicide. The land conflict at the lake, one of the most prominent in recent years, has affected or will affect around about 4,000 families in total. The relocation scheme announced by the Prime Minister in August, it is reported, will only include 750 of those families.