ASEAN Grassroots Peoples Assembly
From Radio Free Asia on 14th November 2012:
A meeting attended by various grassroots NGOs was disturbed and forced to close down by a local authority of Sangkat Chak Angre Krom commune, Phnom Penh. On 14th November, those grass-root organizations held a meeting at a place, named Modern 2, and discussions on working condition and freedom of the workers, but they were forced to stop their activities before noon.
Based on accounts of Mr. Nhong Muntha, an official from Independent Democracy of Informal Economy System (IDEA), about 300 participants attended the meeting. He said that the owner of Modern 2 forced them to stop the meeting immediately. He believes that the venue owner was pressured by the local authorities to do so. When asked, the owner refused to provide any reasons. Mr. Munth said that three policemen entered and sit with participants in the meeting, then their police chief of Chak Angre Krom commune police administration turned up and asked them to stop the meeting before noon.
When Radio Free Asia reporter called the police chief of Chak Angre commune police, Mr. Lor Lino, for comment, he denied and said: “ No one stopped their meeting, Please ask the commune chief” .
Sangkat Chak Angre Krom commune is under the authority of Khan Meanchey district, Phnom Penh capital city.
The original article in Khmer can be found here.