Activists fight hated land-grabs in Cambodia

In a rare ruling, a court in Cambodia has decided to acquit a Spanish environmental activist charged with incitement, the state’s default accusation against most forms of protest.

Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, the founder of the NGO Mother Nature Cambodia (MNC), stood accused of acting as an accomplice to three Cambodian activists who were arrested for protesting about sand-dredging in the coastal province of Koh Kong.

The four were charged with incitement and threatening to destroy private property, but in its ruling on August 22, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Gonzalez-Davidson not guilty.

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