Cambodian evictions trigger villagers’ brawl with police

Phnom Penh – Eight protesters were arrested and six policemen hurt Friday in southern Cambodia when villagers angry about being evicted tried to block a main road, police said.

Gen. Chuon Narin, the police chief of the coastal city of Sihanoukville, said fighting broke out when police tried to remove makeshift barriers of stone, broken concrete and tree limbs that about 100 villagers set across the road to the capital, Phnom Penh. He said villagers threw stones at police and other security personnel trying to remove the barriers to let traffic through, and also damaged three police cars.

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