On October 6th, more than 1,500 people from all over the country—including NGO workers and monks—gathered at the Dey Kroham eviction site near the White Building to celebrate World Habitat Day.
The march started at 7:30am and all participants walked to the National Assembly building to submit a petition demanding the government to address land issues. Afterwards, the demonstration moved on to Wat Botum where they submitted another petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cabinet.
There are many urban poor communities in Phnom Penh, thousands of families have been forcibly evicted from their homes by the government for big development firms. By celebrating World Habitat Day and everyone wearing the same shirt with the message “The Urban Poor Voice”, the people have asked the government to solve their land issues, not forcibly evict them.
Urban Voice hopes that the government will develop these communities without evicting the residents. This would provide them with a higher living standard and will also pave the way to a more sustainable approach to development for Phnom Penh.