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Remaining Borei Keila families continue protest

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
The protesters are hoping for more compensation. Supplied

The ten remaining Borei Keila families protested yesterday in front of the house of the owner of Phan Imex, demanding the company solve their land dispute.

Meanwhile, one Borei Keila family agreed to City Hall’s policy in return for leaving the community.

Ngov Nary, representative of the Borei Keila residents, said they went to protest in front of Phan Imex owner Suy Sophan’s house because the company did not comply with the contract to build enough buildings for the residents, causing many families to be evicted without compensation.

“We cannot accept the resolution policy of City Hall and 7 Makara district hall, so we went to protest at Ms Sophan’s house to demand appropriate compensation for the loss of our land and houses,” Ms Nary said.

Ms Nary said there were ten families that had yet to receive compensation. Ms Sophan could not be reached for comment.

However, she said in the past that the development of Borei Keila made housing available for 1,000 families, and her company had constructed buildings for them.

At the protest yesterday, Ms Sophan’s driver, who asked not to be named, told protesters to come negotiate and find a solution at 7 Makara district hall and Phnom Penh City Hall.

City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey declined to comment.

In 2003, Phan Imex received the right from the government to develop the Borei Keila community, proposing to build 10 buildings for 1,776 families, but the company only built eight, forcing residents to move to Kandal province.

However, there are still residents living in old buildings or near the community garbage dump in protest of the eviction.

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