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Cambodian vendors protest

More than 250 Cambodian vendors have protested against a ban on their pushcarts at the popular Rong Kluea border market.

The Sa Kaew Provincial Administrative Organisation imposed the ban last Thursday in response to its policy to improve the market. Violators face a fine of Bt8,000 per pushcart.

But over 250 Cambodian vendors marched yesterday from the market to the Klong Luek Police Station in Sa Kaew to ask for help, saying the policy has hurt their livelihood.

"Please be lenient," protest leader Paula Tin said. "We have plied our trade in the market for a long time already."

She urged police to arrange talks between the affected vendors and decision-makers.

Police arranged a meeting of protest leaders, with a senior Cambodian official and a senior official from Sa Kaew Provincial Administrative Organisation.

During the meeting, the Thai official suggested the Cambodians ply their trade from carry-on boxes first and that Cambodian authorities submit a list of affected vendors for his organisation to plan further help.

"We may then allocate a zone inside the Rong Kluea market for Cambodian vendors to park their pushcarts," the Thai official said.


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