A Grassroots Democratic Party campaign rally for the 2017 commune election. (Heng Vichet/VOD)

Candlelight Says No to Racist Comments, CPP Will Campaign Small

The ruling CPP will not have any major rallies when the campaign period kicks off on Saturday, said a party spokesperson, while a Candlelight Party official asked members to refrain from incendiary comments even once rallies kick off.

The Techo airport terminal and air control tower under construction in September 2021.

Deputy PM Intervenes in Techo Airport Dispute

Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An has issued a letter to the Kandal governor telling him to look into the situations of 121 families contesting the development of Phnom Penh’s new airport, settle their dispute, and report back.

A house in Prek Sleng commune, in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district, displays ruling party flags and a photo of Prime Minister Hun Sen, on May 6, 2022. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Techo Airport Dispute, Gun Fire and Land Clearings Fuel Electoral Discontent

Kandal’s new airport development has raised tensions in Kandal Stung’s communes — residents have spoken about officers firing warning shots and loss of land. With the commune election a month away, Candlelight candidates are taking up the issue looking to capitalize on the growing discontent in the district.

Residents affected by a new airport development project met with a Kandal district governor on March 28, 2022.

Bulldozers Hit Airport Protesters’ Farms as Senate Steps In

The Senate has urged action from Kandal authorities after receiving a complaint that the powerful developers of Phnom Penh’s new international airport are “bulldozing and encroaching land illegally without paying compensation to owners of the land.”

Residents affected by an airport development project in Kandal petitioned the government in Phnom Penh on February 4, 2022. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Kandal Airport Protesters Continue to Raise Grievances

The development of Phnom Penh’s new international airport in Kandal province continues to face resistance, as petitioners gathered outside government institutions in the capital saying they had lost faith in provincial authorities as machines began to dig around their homes.