Cambodian Villagers Protest Land Dispute Case in Sihanoukville Province

More than 400 villagers from 13 communities from southwestern Cambodia’s Sihanoukville province staged a protest on Friday, demanding that a local court drop charges against four locals detained by authorities for “violently occupying” disputed property.

The four say they are the rightful owners of property in O’khsach village, Stung Hav district, which was seized by a few wealthy people 11 years ago. They tried to reclaim the land earlier this year because property prices are increasing in and around the coastal resort city of Sihanoukville, where Chinese investors are buying up plots to build casinos.

Authorities have detained the four for the past four months pending trial.

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