City tells street-side bars by Wat Botum Park to relocate

Stall owners and workers said district authorities had come by 10 days prior to announce that beginning on May 1 the street had to be clear of vendors. None of them had received a formal written warning.

“The authorities said if the vendors are still selling tomorrow [May 1] they will seize their property and chase them out,” said Ly Kuon, who sells fried dough snacks, or cha kvai, at 1,000 riel (25 cents) each.

said Daun Penh authorities were simply enforcing a City Hall spokesman, citywide policy the interest of traffic flow, beauty and that prohibits vendors from occupying public land, including parks and pavement, in cleanliness.

“The authorities will take action,” he said, declining to confirm if they would seize vendors’ equipment or not.

guard stationed at park security declined to comment, saying “just wait and see”.

When reached for comment, the Daun Penh district governor hung up on reporters.

a petition asking the reconsider to authorities the policy Some 60 Wat Botum vendors signed onto , said Kong Savuth, 38, who has been running a street food restaurant across from the pagoda for more than eight years.

“We ask permission to stay and work cooperatively with authorities to solve the problem of traffic. I could move my stall further back [from the road], or for garbage we could coordinate with Cintri,” he said.

Savuth said the municipality had promised to respond to the petition by Monday or Tuesday but have not yet done so. Measpheakdey acknowledged receipt of the petition and said “we cannot adhere to their request” because giving them a reprieve would set a precedence for vendors elsewhere.

Savuth said he will set up shop as usual on Tuesday and that he expects many vendors to defy the authorities as “they share the same beliefs”.

“All of the sellers here are poor and if we move [to fixed addresses] we need to pay rent, which is unaffordable to us,” Savuth said, noting that beyond a nominal fee paid to the municipality, he also pays a 5,000 riel ($ 1.25) daily bribe to district security – a payment that has not been collected since the order to move was made 10 days ago.

For patrons of the street-side eateries and cocktail bars, which are packed on weekend evenings, the impromptu businesses would be missed.

“This place will be so quiet if they’re all gone,” said Srey Net, 28.

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