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Residents, Activists Call for City to Stop Filling In Lakes

Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:10 pm
by CEOCambodiaNews
Residents, Activists Call for City to Stop Filling In Lakes

by Sek Odom | April 1, 2016

Protesters from Phnom Penh’s lakeside communities spent an hour facing off with police on Thursday on a road on the former Boeng Kak lake before turning around and taking a different route to the National Assembly, where they demanded an end to the infilling and development on the city’s remaining lakes.

Some 200 protesters from communities surrounding the Boeng Tompun, Boeng Trabek, and Boeng Kak lakes gathered on the sand dunes that now stand where the latter lake was before being filled in over the past decade for a CPP senator’s real estate project.

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Outspoken land rights activist Tep Vanny shouts at police during a rally in Phnom Penh on Thursday morning. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Experts say the city’s lakes, apart from offering livelihoods to local residents, act as buffers against flooding during the rainy season and as natural treatment areas for the city’s sewage.

Boeng Kak evictee and activist Tep Vanny said the protesters come from some 40 lakeside communities but were speaking on behalf of all city residents, who were together suffering the negative consequences of the lakes being filled in.

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Re: Residents, Activists Call for City to Stop Filling In Lakes

Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:13 pm
by PSD-Kiwi
This!
Experts say the city’s lakes, apart from offering livelihoods to local residents, act as buffers against flooding during the rainy season and as natural treatment areas for the city’s sewage.