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Khmer Thavrak members dressed in orange prison-style jumpsuits march near Freedom Park during their hunger strike during the Asean Summit on November 9, 2022. (Kay Nara/VOD)

Protest Groups Undeterred by Asean Summit Ban

Land protesters have begun camping out at a controversial lake, activists are undertaking a hunger strike, and unionists will continue their casino protests despite threats of legal action for gathering during the Asean Summit.

Asean Summit: What’s on the Agenda

Myanmar and Ukraine are expected to be key topics as the Asean Summit — and at least 12 side summits — kick off in Phnom Penh Thursday.

An old landfill site in Arei Ksat is being used as a temporary dumpsite due to flooding in the new landfill, on November 5, 2022. (Daniel Zak)

Arei Ksat Trash Cleaned Up, but Collection Still on Hold

Trash bags that were piling up around Arei Ksat have been moved to a temporary location amid publicity, but residents must continue to deal with their own garbage at least until a meeting with local government is held on Friday, the collection company said.

Da Sreyleath, 30, on her first day as a recycler in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on May 10, 2021. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Briefs: Official Beats Scavenger, RCAF Arrested in Thailand

A district official in Phnom Penh has been suspended six months without pay for beating a street recycler. A Cambodian soldier was arrested in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province for allegedly driving illegally into Thailand and using weapons.

Phnom Penh traffic restrictions and detours for November 10-13.

Asean Summit: Phnom Penh’s Traffic Plan

Phnom Penh will divert private vehicles away from four arterial roads in the capital from Thursday to Sunday as part of traffic management for the Asean Summit, City Hall said.

Cham fishing boats are in the process of relocating from the tip of Phnom Penh's Chroy Changva peninsula on November 7, 2022, due to the upcoming Asean Summit. (Daniel Zak)

Asean Summit: Fishing Community Near Sokha Hotel Pushed Out

Off the banks of Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva peninsula, in the shadow of the famous Sokha Hotel, the ubiquitous fishing boats and sand dredgers have been replaced by military vessels, and local fisherpeople have been asked to temporarily clear the area with no compensation until the Asean Summit is over.

Racing boats pass under the Road 143 bridge during the Water Festival celebration in Kampong Speu's Chbar Mon city on November 7, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Crowding, Chanting, Sinking at Prek Tnaut River for Water Festival

CHBAR MON CITY, Kampong Speu — Waters and spirits were high as the annual Water Festival boat races resumed after a two-year hiatus, bringing thousands to the banks of the Prek Tnaut river to watch competitors soar, or sink, through its currents.

Military police officers ahead of the Asean Summit in Phnom Penh. (Military police Facebook page)

Asean Summit: Authorities Ready 10,000 Security Personnel

Cambodian authorities have displayed armored vehicles, riot shields and assault rifles and taken to the waters off Phnom Penh for security drills, saying 10,000 personnel are ready to be deployed for this week’s Asean Summit.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a news conference in Beijing on March 20, 2018. (Reuters)

Briefs: China Premier to Join Summit, Boost for Science Education

China Premier Li Keqiang is the latest among world leaders to announce a visit to Cambodia as part of the Asean Summit this week in Phnom Penh. More than 100 high schools will get science classrooms and libraries on their campuses and hundreds of teachers trained on science education as part of a $70-million loan package announced by the Asian Development Bank.

A woman protesting the road expansion in Phnom Penh's Russei Keo district holds an address marker while speaking to a reporter on November 1, 2022. (Hean Rangsy/VOD)

Land Disputes: Protests in Angkor, Petitions in Phnom Penh

Hundreds of residents in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh protested this week over displacement due to an Angkor resettlement plan, the sand-filling of Boeng Tamok lake, and a road expansion project in the capital’s Russei Keo.

A camera on a tripod. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Filmmaking Students Allege Sexual Harassment by Bophana Center Trainers

Female filmmaking trainees are speaking out about alleged sexual harassment at a Bophana Center training program — including inappropriate conversations on field trips and touching they felt uncomfortable with — saying they don’t want it to keep happening to other women.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng attends a high school opening in Battambang on November 2, 2022. (Sar Kheng's Facebook page)

Sar Kheng Acknowledges Fraud Problem

Interior Minister Sar Kheng acknowledged that the syndicates trafficking workers into Cambodia also appear to be conducting fraud, alluding to operations that have been revealed for months in media reports.

Kampong Cham Provincial Referral Hospital. (Kampong Cham Provincial Referral Hospital Facebook page)

Chemical, Methanol Fears as Three Dead From Banana Plantation

Health officials are pointing to methanol poisoning after 69 residents of a banana plantation were hospitalized — including children as young as 10 — and three men died, though some officials are also raising suspicions over chemical use.

Illustration: Traffic cameras

Opinion: Cambodia Needs People-Centric Planning Before ‘Smart Cities’

Asean is promoting a “Smart City Network” of tech-focused solutions to the region’s urban problems. But there are simpler, cheaper and more sound urban policies without falling for the notion that technology is the answer to everything, writes Future Forum’s Ses Aronsakda.

Prime Minister Hun Sen at a graduation ceremony for the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh on November 1, 2022. (Hun Sen's Facebook page)

Hun Sen, Critics Debate New PM Appointment Process

Prime Minister Hun Sen defended recent changes to the Constitutional process of choosing new prime ministers, pointing to the U.K.’s revolving-door leadership as an example of a system with less parliamentary oversight than Cambodia.

Preah Sihanouk military police (Military police Facebook page)

Body Dug Up in Preah Sihanouk, ‘Monkey King’ Arrested

A corpse was dug up in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nob district, a man soon arrested in a neighboring province for murder, and now Sihanoukville’s Chinese community is full of talk about what may have happened between “Blue Star” and the “Monkey King.”