About 200 monks from Phnom Penh’s Wat Lanka on Thursday called off a protest against the planned construction of an electricity distribution substation on the pagoda’s land by state electricity provider Electricite du Cambodge (EdC), pending negotiations with the company.
Having assembled to make banners for a protest march to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s home, the monks agreed to postpone the demonstration after their commune chief said EdC had agreed to temporarily halt construction on the substation—which is still in the preliminary stages.
“We never agreed for Electricite du Cambodge to use the pagoda’s land to build this
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