Hundreds block national road to demand return of pagoda land

Hundreds of local residents and monks blocked a national road on June 19 in a protest against a sand dredging company they say is illegally occupying pagoda land.

About 600 residents and monks blocked National Road 6A from about 8 to 9:30am near the site of the sand dredging operation, which was set up along a section of the Mekong River in Kandal province’s Mok Kampoul district in Prek Anhchanh commune.

The roadblock ended after district authorities arrived at the protest and promised to settle the dispute by asking the company to dismantle the dredging operation and remove all materials from the plot belonging to the pagoda.

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