Officials Block Prey Lang Activists From Forest Ahead of Annual Event

The Environment Ministry and local authorities on Friday prevented hundreds of environmental rights advocates and others from entering the Prey Lang protected area for an annual forest conservation event set for the weekend, a ministry spokesman and rights group said.

Spokesman Neth Pheaktra told VOD that the ministry had banned the forest blessing ceremony hosted by conservation and forest patrol group Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) because the organization is not registered with the Interior Ministry.

“Very unfortunately, they are not a registered entity, [and] entered the protected area illegally and without permission to supposedly play the police,” Pheaktra said in a message.

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