On the 20th of February, 2015, a crowd of monks, activists, NGO workers, and others gathered in front of the National Assembly in protest. Protesters opposed the Government’s perceived abuse of land rights in allowing construction of the Areng Valley Dam and other projects. Members of the Beoung Kak Lake community were among the crowd. Many activists gathered to protest the Government’s denial of a visa extension for prominent land rights activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson. Gonzalez-Davidson, working with an NGO named Mother Nature, is an opposition leader against the dam project. Gonzalez-Davidson’s visa expired on the 20th of February, 2015 which is also the holiday of International Justice Day. As of that day, he planned to remain in the country for an additional 30 days.
Protesters crossed the street to stand in front of the National Assembly and were eventually met by three CNRP representatives. CNRP representatives listened to and noted the statements of the protest leader before returning to the National Assembly. The protest proceeded to disperse.
Report by Abraham Wapner