ASEAN Grassroots Peoples Assembly
From Radio Free Asia on the 14th November, 2012.
More than 2000 people from ASEAN nations met in a restaurant across Chruoy Changvar bridge, a downtown of Phnom Penh capital city. The met together and would ask ASEAN government to hear their concerns and problems to find solutions to their problems and difficult livelihood.
The assembly of ASEAN grassroots was formed by Cambodians and people from ASEAN countries, including land activists, sex workers, farmers, forest people, trans-genders, lesbians, artists and others. One of them is Mrs Pratin Wekawakyanon, a Thai national who is living in a informal settlement where people face eviction in Thailand. She told Radio Free Asia that: “ I want the government to find land and place for people before they evict them.”
Those people have planned to submit their petitions to ASEAN Summit, which scheduled between November 15th and 20th November, 2012. Mr. Phay Siphan, spokesperson at the Council of Ministers of Cambodia, said the people’s movement showed that Cambodian government has applied democratic principles.
During the opening event at Stung Meas Restaurant, on the 13th November, participants complained about electricity cut and disturbances, and that the local authorities ask for many requirements.
The article in Khmer can be found here.