Phnom Penh city governor Khuong Sreng blamed long-running land conflicts in the capital on interference from politicians and supposedly paid protesters, but some civil society members dismissed his claims as a frame-up and deflection.
Speaking at a press conference at the Council of Ministers building on Tuesday, Sreng claimed politicians often extend the life of a land dispute by hiring professional protesters, though he did not specify which politicians might be funding demonstrators.
“If it is a real land issue, it is easy to solve,” he said. “Without politicians to exploit this issue or incite [people] to create an issue, we can very easily solve [disputes].”
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