Border vendors angry at police crackdown
A brief commotion at the ThaiCambodian Aranyaprathet border checkpoint in Sa Kaew province halted its operation for two hours yesterday.
Cambodian vendors blocked a road leading to it after many with alleged fake or unlicensed products were denied entry by Thai immigration police.The blockade began at around 9am when Cambodians were angered after Thai immigration police accused many of possessing contraband items and told them to move off. A large number of protestors, supported by 50 other vendors, used small vehicles to block a bridge on Cambodian soil which is connected with a road leading to the checkpoint.The immigration police said the restriction was a new policy, explaining later that only contraband items were not allowed and secondhand products were not prohibited. The Cambodian vendors, through mediation by Cambodian officials, later accepted the restrictions and dispersed at around 11 am.