Kandal province villagers have erected tents to stand guard over their rice fields on the site of Phnom Penh’s new airport development, as two bulldozers arrived and began to clear the area.
Six defendants who were arrested for protesting outside the Chinese Embassy on Paris Peace Agreements Day in October, as well as two others at large, faced trial on Monday for incitement at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
The daughter and son-in-law of tycoon Heng Sier — who is accused of attempted rape by a university student — were arrested after recruiting lookalikes to make a video reenactment of the businessman’s encounter with her, and also shared pornographic images allegedly of the student.
The Environment Ministry has told all provincial governors to immediately stop the issuing of land certificates in protected areas such as biodiversity corridors, saying 70 sanctuaries in 11 provinces were facing encroachment.
Just over a week after Phnom Penh began a widespread easing of Covid-19 restrictions, Preah Sihanouk province has lifted red zones, Prey Veng is publishing photos of people who tested positive with Covid-19, and some provinces appear not to be releasing new infection numbers at all.
Map of Phnom Penh’s Covid-19 red, orange and yellow zones, zone rules and list of communes
A survey of vulnerable communities in Phnom Penh has found a large majority of respondents reporting difficulties with food shortages, loss of incomes and feelings of helplessness during the city’s lockdown.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court ordered the “urgent” release of a university student and TV presenter arrested for alleged theft and violence against an oknha — whom she has since accused of attempted rape, sparking a social media outcry.
In Stung Meanchey III commune, about 300 people gathered at a red-zone barricade on Thursday morning to protest and call to be allowed out to get vaccines or withdraw wages from the bank, according to residents.