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Around 30 young activists rode bicycles on May 19, 2022, around Phnom Penh's Boeng Tamok calling for a stop to the privatization and filling of the lake.

For Boeng Tamok Residents, Youth Activists Speak What They Can’t

33 young activists rode bicycles around Boeng Tamok calling for a stop to the privatization and filling of the lake. For local residents, the youths were doing what they couldn’t dare to. “I’m happy to see it,” one said. “I want to see the young generation stand up to fight.”

Landfilling on Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake in March 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Boeng Tamok Evaporates Under Government, Developers’ Gaze

Among the first real estate offerings on Phnom Penh’s shrinking Boeng Tamok lake are being put up for sale. Marketing materials show only around 5% of the lake remaining as water in the midst of development projects, military and police bases and state buildings.

Landfilling at Boeng Tamok lake, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Justice Ministry to Sell 140 Hectares of Boeng Tamok for Upgrades

Prime Minister Hun Sen granted the Justice Ministry permission to sell 140 hectares of Boeng Tamok lake​ and use the proceeds for infrastructure upgrades, according to a royal decree, with the new diktat coming weeks after the ministry was given land in the lake area.