Villagers protest at ministries after land dispute arrests

About 30 villagers who fled their home villages in Tbong Khmum province on August 3 due to fear of arrest protested outside several ministries in Phnom Penh this week seeking a solution to a land dispute which led to more than 20 arrests.

The group submitted a petition at the Land Management Ministry on the morning of August 13 appealing for help after 400 joint police forces on August 3 arrested 21 villagers who they accused of occupying and cultivating land belonging to a Chinese agriculture company in Dambe district. 

On August 4, the provincial court charged one of those arrested, Hoeun Sineath, in pretrial with causing intentional damage with aggravating circumstances on the firm’s property and placed him in pretrial detention.

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