Cambodian Villagers Blocked From Petitioning For Lost Land

Hundreds of Cambodian villagers trying to submit petitions over land disputes were blocked from approaching government offices and the residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday, with some ordered into minivans to be taken back to their home provinces, sources said.

One group, consisting of about 300 villagers from Sihanoukville, Svay Rieng, and Tboung Khmum and Kandal provinces, had attempted to march to government ministries but were stopped and surrounded by security forces, who ordered them home.

Over a hundred were left behind after refusing to leave Phnom Penh, sources said.

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