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Archive for November, 2011

Boeung Kak plays mouse…

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The Boeung Kak residents played cat and mouse with the police. Blocked by riot police on their way to demonstrate at the municipality, and after a few scuffles and stone throws, they trickled through the blockade and gathered at the Municipal Court where their four representatives arrested yesterday were brought to be questioned.

Boeung Kak protest pushes and pushes…

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The Boeung Kak community kept on demonstrating the whole afternoon in front of the municipality despite the presence of riot police and the fact that four of them were arrested, Tep Vanny, Bo Chhorvy, Kong Chantha and Heng Mom.

Boeung Kak reps arrested

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Five Boeung Kak lake residents were arrested by security guards while demonstrating in front of the municipality because officials who were supposed to put the boundaries of the 12,44Ha for the on-site development did not show up. Two demonstrators tried to commit suicide… So from now on security guards have the same powers as official […]

Shukaku Inc., please take a look…

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The body of Chea Dara, a Boeung Kak lake community activist who committed suicide when learning she would not be included in the on-site development, was recovered 20Km downstream by her friends of the community. It would have been good to have representatives of Shukaku Inc. to witness the recovery, just so they know some […]

Borei Keila WAS a showcase

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

The relocation of the Borei Keila community was supposed to be a model case in the history of Cambodian evictions: People living in poor lodging would be relocated on-site in 10 appartment buildings. Add a pinch of corruption, a zest of exclusion and about 50 families with at least one HIV positive member were shoved […]

Amnesty International report on evictions in Cambodia

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Full house at Meta House for the Amnesty International press conference for the release of their latest report ‘Eviction and resistance in Cambodia: Five women tell their stories’. It can be downloaded at this link. As a reminder: pictures of evictions in Cambodia over the past eleven years can be found here…

Dialogues with the Dead – 16

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

In Western culture All Saints Day is traditionally a time to remember the deceased. As it turns out I seem to have quite a few pictures relating to funerals and rituals related to the deceased. In the following posts I will take you to different parts of the world on a not necessarily morbid journey… […]

Boeung Kak Lake: and now they die…

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

In the name of development, they evict them, drown them in sewage water, smother them in sand, destroy their houses, intimidate them, threaten them, despise them. It is not surprising that some prefer to give up the fight… The Boeung Kak Lake development has claimed its first life…