Phnom Penh (dpa) – Eleven people in Cambodia were jailed and fined this week over a street protest, in two expedited cases over three days slammed by rights groups on Thursday.
Seven women were arrested Monday for blocking a main road with a bed frame to highlight flooding and poor drainage in the Boeng Kak community north of Phnom Penh.
The area is under commercial development by a consortium owned by a government senator, and residents have frequently clashed with construction workers and authorities.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced them on Tuesday to a year in prison and a fine of 500 dollars each.
Another three women and a monk were arrested Tuesday during a rally outside the court in support of the protesters.
They were also jailed and fined Wednesday, for obstructing a public official with aggravating circumstances.