Cambodian Authorities Bar Villagers in Land Dispute From Hearing RFA

Local authorities in central Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang province have warned villagers locked in a land dispute not to listen in groups to reports by Radio Free Asia, saying that broadcasts heard over loudspeaker have disturbed their neighbors, sources in the region said.

The residents of Lor Peang village in the Kompong Tralach district’s Ta Ches commune have protested for almost 20 years over the confiscation in 2002 of around 455 acres of farmland by KDC International, a company run by Chea Keng, wife of Cambodia’s then Minister of Mines and Energy.

Villagers have refused for years to accept compensation packages offered by KDC, saying that they say are too low to allow them to move off the land.

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